Intolerance row: Meenakshi Lekhi slams the ‘Award Wapsi brigade’

New Delhi: The debate on the issue of ‘intolerance’ got off to a stormy start in the Lok Sabha with the House witnessing uproar after a CPI(M) member attributed certain Hindutva remarks to Home Minister Rajnath Singh who denied them outright and demanded his apology.

Mohammad Salim cited a news magazine which quoted Singh as having made a pro-Hindutva remark after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister.

Singh vehemently denied it and said he was never hurt so much in his Parliamentary career as he was today.

“Mohd Salim levelled a serious allegation against me. He should say when and where I made such a statement or apologise …. A Home Minister who makes such a statement has no moral right to be the Home Minister. I speak after weighing every word… People know Rajnath Singh can never make such a statement,” Singh said.

Quoting the magazine, Salim said Singh had made the remark at an internal meeting of RSS.

(with agency inputs)

17:35 PM
Speaking in Lok Sabha, BJP MLA Meenakshi Lekhi said, “If you are against cow slaughter, bring in laws in your state to stop it. This is especially for Congress.”

Commenting on intolerance row, Lekhi asked the Award Wapsi brigade if they did not see 84 riots, Nellie Massacre, riots in Hashimpura, Muzaffarnagar.

14:26 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned again for 40 minutes till 4 pm over CPI(M) member’s charge against Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

13:45 PM
Intolerance is the biggest threat to the country, debate should happen not only in Parliament but outside as well: Digvijaya Singh

13:45 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned again for 25 minutes over CPI(M) member’s allegation against Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

13:28 PM
I am hurt by Mohd Salim’s statement.

I have never been this hurt in my political career. If any Home Minister makes this kind of a statement (what Mohd. Salim claimed HM said), he has no right to remain on his post: HM Rajnath Singh

11:34 AM
Uproar in LS after CPIM’s Mohd Salim says Rajnath Singh had said that first time in 800 years a Hindu has become India’s PM.

I was quoting from a magazine,if Rajnath ji is denying then let him send a legal notice to the publication-Mohd Salim, CPI(M) in Lok Sabha

11:06 AM
Opposition wanted debate on intolerance; government has admitted it & is ready to take it up in Parliament. I hope all party’s will come around and put their point of view on this: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

11:05 AM
We can only comment after discussion takes place in the Lok Sabha: Congress​ leader Mallikarjun Kharge on intolerance debate

11:03 AM
Discussions are on (on GST bill), we are discussing with all including Congress party. GST is a historical necessity, it’s a game changer. Certain issues have been raised. Government is ready to address them: Venkaiah Naidu

11:00 AM
“Our primary duty to express our opinion about growing intolerance, in Lok Sabha.We are just doing our duty as a constructive Opposition,” said Congress MP KC Venugopal, who gave notice in Parliament.

10:42 AM
Speaking to the news agency, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Nothing has gone wrong during Narendra Modi’s regime as PM, there is absolute tolerance in the country.”

“Different writers have different opinions, Things used to happen earlier also. During emergency, constitutional and fundamental rights were crippled, these people (writers) were silent then and violent now,” Naidu added.

Posted by on November 30, 2015. Filed under State. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.