Oppn guns for Minister Sadhvi, Govt rejects resignation demand

New Delhi: For the second day running, opposition paralysed the functioning of Rajya Sabha pressing their demand for the sacking of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti for her hate speech and gave clear indications of further trouble tomorrow unless the government yields.

Trouble started on the issue as soon as both the Houses met for the day at 11 AM with members of opposition parties like Trinamool Congress, Congress and RSP shouting slogans.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi present in the Lok Sabha after his visits, both domestic and foreign, opposition members vociferously pressed for a statement from him. They questioned as to how he was allowing a minister, who uses such “abusive” language, to remain in his ministry.

BJP members countered strongly the opposition attack on Jyoti, who was present in the House.

Rejecting the opposition demand, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the matter has ended as she has already apologised and the Prime Minister has disapproved of her comments.

Upset over the government response, opposition members, including those from Congress, TMC and Left staged a walkout.

Normalcy returned to the House from Zero Hour onwards.

Proceedings of the Rajya Sabha, however, were washed out for the second day as opposition created pandemonium demanding Jyoti’s resignation.

Opposition attacked the Prime Minister, saying he was not coming to the House to speak on the issue. They wanted him to announce the “sacking” of the minister.