Tribune News Service
Shimla, September 10
Opposition Congress members created an uproar in the Vidhan Sabha today demanding an apology from the Chief Minister for what they termed as a ‘derogatory’ remark against them.
The moment the proceedings of the day began, Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri raised the issue. “During his reply to the adjournment motion on Covid, the Chief Minister made a derogatory remark that the Congress MLAs would be born clapping, as this is what they are doing in the well of the House. He must apologise for it,” he said.
The Chief Minister said he had not made any such remark with a bad intention. “When they called us ‘dalal’, ‘lutere’ and used many such terms, we did not object. Several times they used objectionable words and that too when I was replying to such a serious debate. All I said was that there will be happiness and clapping when Congressmen are born in their next lives,” he said.
Thakur said he had no intention to hurt anybody’s sentiments. “The issue of deduction in the salaries of the MLAs should not have been raised as the matter had been decided earlier,” he said. Hearing this, the Opposition was on its feet and started sloganeering, objecting to the language being used against them.
There was pandemonium in the House as the BJP MLAs also retaliated. It was after repeated pleas by Speaker Vipin Parmar that the order was restored. The Congress members were pacified when assured that any objectionable remarks in the proceedings would be expunged.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj also urged the members to allow Question Hour in which some very important questions were to be taken up, as the Speaker had given his ruling. Finally, the Congress MLAs relented and the Question Hour started.
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