Let Parliament function, Modi tells Opposition

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PM breaks silence in Rajya Sabha, says Minister has apologised

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to Opposition members to allow Parliament to function in the “national interest” as Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti had apologised for her remarks.

But an unrelenting Opposition paralysed the Rajya Sabha for the third day running, demanding the Minister’s dismissal and accusing her of insulting the Constitution with her remarks. Members boycotted the proceedings for the greater part of the day in the Lok Sabha.

Intervening in the Rajya Sabha during Zero Hour, Mr. Modi said he had “strongly disapproved” of Ms. Jyoti’s comments at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting even before the House had taken up the matter.

“The Minister is new and she has come to Parliament for the first time. We are aware of her background . She has already apologised. There is a message in this for everyone about the dos and don’ts,” Mr. Modi said.

Anand Sharma (Congress) said, “the PM’s words are not adequate. You can call it a deadlock. It is government’s responsibility to break this.”

The Lok Sabha also witnessed exchanges between the Opposition and Speaker Sumitra Mahajan when Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge complained that the Speaker was not allowing his adjournment motion.

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Who is Sadhvi Jyoti:

Elected As A First-Time MP From Fatehpur In Uttar Pradesh, She Was Recently Sworn In As Minister Of State For Food Processing Industries.

What did she say:

Addressing a rally in Delhi, she is reported to have used an expletive, asking people to choose between sons of Ram and illegitimate sons.

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  • » Proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were disrupted by a united Opposition who asked her to resign. “There is no question of her resigning,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said. Watch video
  • » Prime Minister warned party MPs not to speak out of turn.
  • » Sadhvi Jyoti apologised saying it was not her intention to offend anybody. The Opposition was not satisfied with her apology. Watch video
  • » Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells the House that she is “a new member of Parliament and the House should show magnanimity by accepting her apology.”
  • »Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that even when the PM made his statement, the Opposition especially Congress is still raising the issue out of desperation.

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