Cong walks out over BJP minister’s 'Nakli Gandhi - Sonia Gandhi' remarks

Cong walks out over BJP minister’s 'Nakli Gandhi - Sonia Gandhi' remarks

Agency News

New Delhi, Feb 4 : A vociferous Opposition, led by Congress, staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha on Tuesday following uproar over a BJP leader's controversial remark against Mahatma Gandhi.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it was unbecoming of a ruling party leader Ananth Hegde to make such a statement against the 'Mahatma'. "Aaj yeh Mahatma Gandhi ko gaali dete hain....(Today these people are showing disrespect to Mahatma Gandhi)," Mr Chowdhury said that some of his remarks were 'expunged' from the proceedings of the House.

The charge was outrightly denied by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. "We are the real followers of Mahatma Gandhi...these people are followers of Nakli Gandhi like Sonia Gandhi......," Mr Joshi remarked amid uproarious scenes. 'How can these people say that when Sonia and Rahul are themselves out on bail?' he questioned.

Meanwhile, Congress members entered into the well and raised slogans "BJP Party Godse Party" and "Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahe (Long Live Mahatma Gandhi)". Congress leader Tarun Gogoi and others demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi make the statement in the House.

Speaker Om Birla tried to pacify the agitating members and said the House cannot function smoothly if they are agitating like this. Later, Mr Chowdhury and his party members staged a walkout saying, "We are walking out, finding no alternative." DMK and Trinamool Congress also joined them. (UNI)