Slugfest in Rajya Sabha over RLD chief’s speech | BJP, RLD, Congress | India News

NEW DELHI: The bonhomie between BJP and RLD sparked a major uproar in Rajya Sabha when Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar allowed Jayant Chaudhary to speak about govt bestowing Bharat Ratna to his grandfather and former PM Chaudhary Charan Singh. As Congress questioned the Chair under which rule RLD leader was allowed to speak and loudly protested, Dhankhar denounced leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge for allegedly “insulting” the former PM.
The commotion started when Jayant thanked govt for honouring his grandfather saying it was a “big decision” and was not confined to one family or category. Congress lawmakers objected to his speech and Kharge also demanded to know how the Chair allowed Jayant to speak. He said Congress “salutes” these leaders being honoured, but the Chair should use its discretion in allowing a member to raise an issue “judiciously” in the House.
Dhankhar told Kharge not to use such “language” and said he won’t tolerate insults to an ex-PM. “He stands for impeccable public life, unimpeachable integrity, and commitment to farmers.” Hitting out at Congress MP Jairam Ramesh for raising objections, Dhankhar said he doesn’t “deserve” to be part of the House because of his conduct. He also asked Kharge not to behave like a teacher.
Earlier alleging that Congress could not accept a leader whom it removed from PM’s post getting the Bharat Ratna, Union minister Parshottam Rupala said no one can silence the voice of farmers. “This is the real character of the Congress party and today it has been exposed,” he said directing his remarks at Kharge for challenging the Chair and that too on such an occasion.
Lashing out at the Congress, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman also charged the party of bringing down the Charan Singh govt in 1979 within 24 days. She said Singh resigned as he was not ready to be “blackmailed” into withdrawing cases relating to the excesses committed during Emergency. Quoting the former PM, she said, “The country would not have forgiven us if we had for the sake of remaining in office agreed to withdraw prosecutions against persons responsible for atrocities during Emergency.”
The treasury members led by Piyush Goyal also demanded Kharge apologise to the nation and the House while stating that Congress party did not even allow former PM P V Narasimha Rao’s body to be taken to the AICC headquarters after his death.
In his address, Jayant said he was shocked by the “disrespect” to his grandfather shown in the House by the Congress. “I am indebted. Only a govt which is rooted to ground realities, understands the voices from the ground and strengthens them, can honour ‘Dhartiputra’ Charan Singh with Bharat Ratna,” he said.
Later he told a private TV channel that after the Bharat Ratna to his grandfather, RLD’s cadre and workers want a tie-up with the NDA. He said several rounds of discussions have taken place. “Especially after Bharat Ratna, our cadre and our workers want us to go with the NDA,” he said.

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