BJP MPs manhandled me, take action, Cong MP Manikam Tagore writes to Speaker

BJP MPs manhandled me, take action, Cong MP Manikam Tagore writes to Speaker

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New Delhi, Feb 7: The Congress MP Manikam B Tagore on Friday wrote a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, demanding action against the persons in the House, who 'manhandled' him after commotion between the ruling and opposition members during Question Hour.

"I want to bring your kind attention to the most unfortunate incident which happened in the Lok Sabha today. My leader Rahul Gandhi, MP when he was allotted a Starred Question today in the Lok Sabha regarding the Wayanad Medical College", Mr Tagore wrote in the letter.

The Congress MP further said that Mr Gandhi was given an opportunity to speak and Minister was not answering his question and was making defamatory, political statement against him which had not any relation with the question.

"It was a pre-prepared statement", Mr Tagore said and added that "as a member of the Congress, I went to the Well of the House and requested the Minister to kindly stop the statement and answer the Starred Question".

The Congress MP alleged that there were a number of members from the ruling party who manhandled him, adding, "specially Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh who pushed me and threatened to kill me".

Mr Tagore requested Mr Birla to check the CCTV footage and take immediate action against the people who manhandled him.

Earlier in the day, Mr Gandhi had raised the issue of Medical College in his constituency, Wayanad at Question Hour and instead of giving reply to the question, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had read out a statement, condemning the former Congress president's alleged remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the previous day.

"Sir, please excuse me. Before I begin answering this question of dear Rahul Gandhi ji. I want to condemn in no uncertain words the outlandish language that he has used against the Prime Minister of the country," Mr Vardan said.

Later, after the intervention of Mr Tagore, the treasury bench alleged that the Congress MP manhandled the Union Minister and demanded apology from Mr Gandhi for his remarks against Mr Modi.

Mr Gandhi, however, rejected the ruling party's allegation and said, "you can see the visuals on the television camera. Manickam Tagore did go into the well. But he didn't attack anyone. Rather he was attacked.

“'There is an issue in Wayanad about them not having a Medical College so I wanted to raise it. BJP obviously doesn't like it if I speak. In a completely unparliamentary manner, the Health Minister had no business of raising an issue during Question Hour, which i raised outside the House," Rahul said. (UNI)