A heated exchange of words took place between Union Minister Harsh Vardhan and Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria with the latter threatening to bring a privilege motion in Parliament against district authorities for not inviting him to government functions held here yesterday.
Bhuria has alleged that the protocol has been violated.
When Vardhan was leaving the Circuit House to attend a function last evening here, Bhuria with his supporters stopped the cavalcade of the Union Science and Technology Minister to register his complaint.
The Union Minister had arrived here to take part in various programmes on the occasion of BJP-led NDA government completing two years at the Centre.
Bhuria fumed that he had not been invited to the government functions despite the fact that he was an MP from the ST Ratlam Lok Sabha seat.
The Congress tribal leader shouted that he was going to bring a privilege motion against the district authorities for disrespecting him by not inviting him to government functions, and demanded action against officials.
While shouting at the minister, Bhuria allegedly even held Vardhan’s arm tightly in anger apparently to ensure that he doesn’t get into his car to leave the venue.
Vardhan then told Bhuria, “Aap bolne ka lahja sahi rakhen (mind your language).”
But the minister then mellowed down and said, “I had been informed by the district authorities that they invited you (Bhuria) to the functions.
“In fact, I waited for you at a function earlier. However, I am going to write for action against officials who didn’t invite you,” Vardhan assured the tribal leader.
The Union minister was in town yesterday to attend a series of functions to highlight the NDA government’s achievement of two years.