New Delhi: CPI(M) leader Mohd Salim’s comment regarding Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement “India has got a 'Hindu ruler' after 800 years,” caused an uproar in Parliament today and the LS had to be adjourned.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh denied the comment made by Mohd Salim and said, “I'm hurt by Mohd Salim's statement; have never been this hurt in my political career. If any Home Minister makes this kind of a statement (what Mohd. Salim claimed HM said), he has no right to remain on his post. Everybody in this house knows that Rajnath Singh is not that kind of a person who can make such anti-national statements”.
Responding to Rajnath Singh, Salim said, “I was quoting from a magazine. If Rajnath Singh is denying then let him send a legal notice to the publication”.
The CPI(M) leader said his intention was not to hurt the minister and that he had done the job of intelligence agencies by telling the minister about the publication of comments that were attributed to him.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said Salim's remarks pertaining to the magazine report on the Home Minister will not go on record and she will examine the issue. "I will give my ruling," she said.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the member should withdraw the comments till their authenticity is ascertained.
Rudy said it will be difficult for members on the treasury benches to sit in the house after allegations "which are dangerous for the country".
Biju Janata Dal member Bhartruhari Mahtab said a member has to give prior notice before levelling allegations against another member.
However, Saugata Roy of Trinamool Congress said there was no denial from the minister after the publication of the report in the magazine.
Rudy, however, insisted that Salim should take back his words.
As the standoff continued, the Speaker adjourned the house for an hour.
(With inputs from IANS)