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Sadhvi’s hate rant angers PM Modi

“It was not my intention to offend anybody. I express regret from my heart and withdraw my words,” Jyoti said in Lok Sabha. Prime Minister Modi while addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting earlier in the morning, condemned the comments made by Jyoti and asked his MPs to avoid making any uncalled for statements.

Jyoti, the Union Minister of State in the Food Processing Ministry, was heard saying that, “People of Delhi have to decide if they want a government of Ramzaadon (followers of Ram) or a government of those of haramzaadon (illegitimate).” She added, “In this country, whether it is Christians or Muslims, all are sons of Ram. Those who don’t accept it don’t believe in the country.”

“Be careful while speaking in public,” Modi has reportedly asked BJP MPs at a parliamentary party meeting. Upset with the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu met Jyoti, a Lok Sabha MP from Fatehpur in UP, in his office and conveyed the message that PM was very annoyed with
her statements.

Meanwhile, Opposition parties raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha over her comments, demanding that PM should remove her immediately from the ministerial post. Trinamool Congress member Derek O’Brien said, “Please grant a visa to the Prime Minister of India to come to the Rajya Sabha for his explanation over such statements made by his leaders in public.”

“BJP ministers are using foul and uncivilised language. We want an explanation from the PM. The Prime Minister of the country is insulting Parliament. He never comes to Parliament,” said Congress leader Anand Sharma. BSP chief Mayawati demanded immediate arrest of Jyoti for using abusive language.

Finding itself in a back foot, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in Rajya Sabha the government did not support Jyoti’s remark. But he also asked the Opposition to ‘maintain decorum.’ As the Rajya Sabha session was adjourned for a third time, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the comments were “improper and unacceptable”. But he said since the minister had apologized and withdrawn her statement, “What happens outside isn’t within domain of this House”.
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