New Delhi: The third day of the winter session of Parliament witnessed an uproar due to CPI(M) MP Mohammad Salim’s ‘Hindu ruler’ comment.
The CMI(M) leader referred to an article published by Outlook magazine (“The Mirror States“, dated November 16, 2015) in which a remark (“first Hindu ruler after 800 years”) made by the late Ashok Singhal of the VHP was mistakenly attributed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
A visibly upset Home Minister disowned the remark and said, “I have never felt as hurt as today.”
Outlook later clarified the quote was wrongly attributed to Rajnath Singh and tweeted: “It was not our intention to denigrate the home minister or Parliament. Outlook sincerely regrets the embarrassment caused to Mr Rajnath Singh and Mr Mohammad Salim.”
— Outlook Magazine (@Outlookindia) November 30, 2015
A link in the tweet said, “…A remark (‘first Hindu ruler after 800 years’) made by the late Ashok Singhal of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad was erroneously attributed to Rajnath Singh.”
The online version of the said article, Outlook said, has been corrected to put the facts on record.
The ‘Hindu ruler’ remark has been expunged from the parliamentary records.