New Delhi, Jul 26 : Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will ask Samajwadi Party Azam Khan to apologise over his anti-women remark or else he will have to face action, said sources on Friday.
The Speaker will ask Azam Khan to apologise over his comments made against Rama Devi without any condition in the House, sources said.If he does not do so, the Speaker has been authorised to take action against him,they said.
Lok Sabha lawmakers, including Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani and Ravi Shankar Prasad, rising above party lines demanded exemplary action against Samajwadi Party Member Azam Khan for his anti-women remarks in the House.
Opposition leaders including Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Trinamool Congress' Kalyan Banerjee, NCP's Supriya Sule and DMK's Kanimozhi said they will back the decision of the Speaker.
A day after pandemonium broke out over Mr Khan's 'anti-women remarks' on BJP lawmaker Rama Devi, who was in the Chair, both members from treasury as well as opposition members demanded action from the Speaker.
Ms Sitharaman said she was extremely grateful to all the members who stood up in support of Rama Devi.
'I thank every member who supported the cause (demand for action against Khan), but when we support, we should not put any conditions or riders,' she said in the House.
'I think you are empowered adequately, we all honour and respect you. We took towards you for an exemplary action in this regard so that never, ever any woman is politicised or treated badly or abused,' she said.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Today, the country's democracy is staring at the House. In a short period, you have established a very high prestige. It is a consensus that what happened was very unfortunate. I was in the House. I compliment Ms Rama Devi for tolerating the insult. There should be no compromise.' 'You are the custodian of the House, we have full confidence in you,' said Parliament Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.
After hearing all members, the Speaker said he will take a call after meeting all party leaders.
Khan's objectionable remarks drew flak from former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also.
The remarks were made by Khan during the debate on the triple talaq bill on Thursday when BJP MP Rama Devi was presiding over the House.
The remarks were later expunged as Ms Rama Devi asked Khan to apologise.However, the Rampur lawmaker did not apologise but said that he would resign if he had said anything unparliamentary. (UNI)