The impact of perceived intolerance is set to ripple through the Lok Sabha on Monday after the Speaker accepted the notices of CPI(M) member P Karunakaran and Congress MP K C Venugopal for a discussion on the subject.
Under rule 193, which does not entail voting, the two opposition members gave their notices. The discussion on the matter has been listed for Monday’s session.
On November 25 when the all-party meeting was held amidst the furore caused by Aamir Khan’s remark on intolerance, the opposition voiced their consternation over the matter by insisting that returning of awards by writers, artistes and filmmakers were not to be taken lightly.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, in a bid to quell this tension, assured the members that the government was ready to discuss all issues inclusive of the “so-called intolerance” though it fell in the domain of states.
He said, “The government is particularly aware of the opposition’s concerns over some unfortunate incidents that have happened in recent weeks including the Dadri incident and killing of M M Kalburgi. The government has condemned those incidents as they go against the traditional and highly cherished values of tolerance.”
Deeming what was happening in the country as “disturbing”, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi made it clear that his party was going to raise the issue of intolerance against the Prime Minister who was “silent”over the matter.
Since the wake of the Dadri Incident, the beef row, and other incidents of communal violence, the government has been embroiled in constant criticism from all sides.
It is not clear how much time would be allotted for the debate.