Parliament disrupted on statement of Minister Anantkumar Hegde; heres who said what
Proceedings in Parliament were disrupted after a united Opposition on Wednesday protested against controversial comments reportedly made by Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde on changing the Constitution.
Congress, Samajwadi Party and even Bahujan Samaj Party came into the well of the Rajya Sabha shouting slogans seeking removal of Hegde and forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the proceedings till 1200 hours.
The trouble started during the laying of the official papers on the table of the House as opposition members shouted “shame, shame” when Hegde, who is Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, rose to lay the papers listed against his name.
Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought a clarification from the Minister as he could leave the House soon after laying papers.
He later left the House.
Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) said secularism is inscribed in the preamble of the Constitution and asked if a minister is allowed to denounce the same preamble in public.
Naresh Agarwal (SP) said the Constitution is the Ramayana and Gita of democracy and any minister who abuses it and its founder Baba Saheb Ambedkar should be removed.
At this, Naidu interjected to ask members not to bring Babasaheb Ambedkar into the controversy.
But the opposition members remained unrelenting and trooped into the well raising slogans.
He then allowed Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Republican Party of India founder Ramdas Athawale to speak.
Athawale praised the Prime Minister for honouring the memory of Ambedkar with a fitting memorial and said it was Congress which had insulted Ambedkar. >