New Delhi, Dec 02: Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti apologised in both the Houses of Parliament over her controversial remarks during a campaign rally in Delhi. However, opposition parties rejected her apology and demanded resignation.
While the minister apologised, saying, "It was not my intention to offend anybody. I express regret from my heart and withdraw my words", the opposition members were not satisfied and demanded resignation for using derogatory language creating uproar in the Houses.
While the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 11:30 am after it convened, in Rajya Sabha opposition MPs sought explanation from Prime Minister Narendra over the remarks made by his minister.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned all his ministers and the BJP MPs to take care of the words they are using in public rallies as the use of derogatory language affects the image of the party and he would not tolerate such remarks.
Slamming the minister's remarks, Congress leader Anand Sharma said Union ministers are expected to use decent language.
BSP leader Mayawati condemned Niranjan Jyoti's remarks, saying if she does not resign she should be sacked. Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav demanded that the minister should resign and that the PM should apologise for her remarks.
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the government was ready for a discussion on the matter if the opposition gives a notice. "We agree words should be used carefully, but not just by government ministers but also by opposition leaders. However, we do not justify such language," Naqvi, MoS for Parliamentary Affairs, said.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defended the minister, saying, "She has apologised and withdrawn her statement, what happens outside is not within domain of this House."
Addressing a rally in Shyam Nagar in West Delhi, Niranjan Jyoti had yesterday said, "Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya har**zadon ki. Yeh aapka faisla hai (you have to decide whether Delhi will get a government of those born of Ram or of those born illegitimately)."
All Muslims and Christians in India are children of Ram, the BJP MP from Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh was quoted as saying in reports.
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