New Delhi, Feb 3 : The BJP on Monday sought to link the debate on Motion of Thanks to President's address to electoral politics and thus fielded West Delhi MP Parvesh Saheb Singh Verma and lawmaker from Pataliputra Ram Kripal Yadav to speak on the same.
While Mr Verma moved the Motion of Thanks, the same was seconded by former Union Minister Mr Yadav, who hails from Bihar. Delhi will go to the polls on February 8 and the state Assembly election in Bihar is slated to take place by October-November this year. The decision to field Mr Verma is significant as the West Delhi representative has hit headlines during the last few days and was banned by the Election Commission for as many as 96 hours from campaigning.
As expected, Opposition Congress and members of other parties, including DMK and AIMIM staged a walk-out in the Lok Sabha to register their protest for fielding Mr Verma to initiate the debate. Speaker Om Birla, however, ruled that the Opposition members should not set a 'bad precedent' and make an issue of something said outside the House.
In his speech during the debate, Mr Verma referred to alleged non-performance of the Kejriwalled regime in Delhi and slammed the opposition parties for supporting the sit in agitation at Shaheen Bagh. He also said no matter what happens in protest scenes, the Modi government will not revoke or take any step backward on the Citizenship Amendment Act. Mr Verma also kept in mind his party's priorities in West Bengal - which also goes to the polls in 2021. Seeking to play a teaser on senior Trinamool Congress lawmaker Saugata Roy, the BJP MP said all opposition parties should unitedly raise 'Jai Shri Ram slogan'.
"Jai Shri Ram boliye.....aap ke paap dhool jaeyenge (Please take the name of Lord Ram, Ram does not symbolise any particular religion. All your sins will be washed off)," said Mr Verma. Seconding the motion, Ram Kripal Yadav said those who raised 'anti-national slogans' will get a befitting reply as the country is determined to stay united behind BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "I have seen from closer range, I have lived long with the same opposition parties. These parties are now misleading minorities," Mr Yadav said. (UNI)