Word from PM speech in RS expunged from records

Word from PM speech in RS expunged from records

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New Delhi, Feb 7 : In a rare move, a word from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech in Rajya Sabha on Thursday was expunged from records, a statement by the Rajya Sabha secretariat said on Friday.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expunged the word used by Modi on Thursday during his reply to the discussion on a motion thanking the President for his address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament at the start of the Budget session. "Chairman was pleased to direct expunction of a certain portion of the proceedings of Rajya Sabha dated February 6 at about 6.20 pm and 6.30 pm," a statement issued by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said.

Speaking in the Rajya sabha on Thursday while replying to debate on Motion of thanks to the President address, Mr Modi, while defending the National Population Register (NPR), said that it was being updated with demographic information for better targeting of government's welfare schemes. He had charged the opposition Congress of making a U-turn, saying the party had brought the NPR in 2010 and was later updated in 2015 by adding photographs and some biometric information. Naidu also expunged a word from Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's statement made after Mr Modi had finished his speech.

Azad had stated that the Congress was in favour of giving citizenship to persecuted migrants from Pakistan but was against framing of a law based on religion. (UNI)