Opposition Parties Protest Led By Ragul Ghandhi
Seeking truce with agitating opposition members over controversial remarks made by Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the matter should be put to rest after her apology, but it failed to satisfy them.
Making a statement in the Lok Sabha, he emphasised that everyone should understand limits in public discourse.
“Now we should allow the matter to rest and we should continue with our work in national interest,” Mr. Modi said.
Sporting black bands on their mouths, members of opposition parties led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday staged a silent protest outside Parliament demands sacking of Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti for her controversial remarks.
Gandhi said, “We are not allowed to express our views in the Parliament, attitude in Parliament is not to allow democratic dialogue.” “The government does not want democratic expression and democratic voice,” he added.
Stating that the Rajya Sabha has not been functioning for some time now, Mr. Modi said, “I am grateful to all members of the Lok Sabha that they allowed the House to function despite the sensitivity of the issue.”
Even before the Parliament took up the issue, Mr. Modi said he had expressed his disapproval and sternly asked BJP MPs against using such words. “Nobody can approve such things,” he said.
Noting that the matter should be put to rest as the Minister has already apologised, Modi said her social background that she is from a village should be taken into account.
“It is the duty of the distinguished members of the House that when a colleague seeks apology, we should be magnanimous,” he said.