New Delhi, Jun 24: Underlining India's pluralistic society, Samajwadi Party Member Azam Khan, who is a first-timer in the Lok Sabha, said on Monday that the nation was like a human body whose all parts have to be in good condition for it to remain healthy.
''We had the right to go to Pakistan but our elders decided that we had to stay in India. Nobody forced us to stay back. Now people like us are being told that we don't deserve to stay here because we refuse to say Vande Mataram," said Mr Khan during the debate on the Motion of Thanks to President's address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament. ''We have by choice chosen to remain in India,'' stressed Mr Khan, who was earlier a Rajya Sabha MP. Parliament is the temple of democracy, he said, adding that, ''We want the House to run according to the Constitution.''
The Rampur MP also said triple talaq was a personal matter and whatever Quran says, will be accepted by the minority community.BJP member Dharamveer Singh lauded the development agenda taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said people have again started reposing faith in political figures after seeing the hard work done by him.
He batted for interlinking of rivers and stressed the need for water conservation. Mr Singh stated that water should be a central subject so that problems between states because of the issue, do not arise.P Raveendranath Kumar of AIADMK raised the issue of water scarcity in his home state of a Tamil Nadu. He also lauded the skill development schemes of the Centre and added that its benefits should reach the last man in the line.BJP's Ganesh Singh and Ram Kripal Yadav also spoke. (UNI)