Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti was today forced by a united opposition in Parliament to apologize for her controversial hate speech that parlaysed the Rajya Sabha in the wake of demands for her sacking.
The opposition was not satisfied with her regret and even demanded that a criminal case be registered for her remarks at a public meeting here last night asking voters to elect sons of Rama and not “illegitimate sons.”
Both the Houses of Parliament were rocked by the opposition uproar over the comments which Prime Minister Narendra Modi also disapproved at a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also Leader of the Rajya Sabha, disapproved of Jyoti’s remarks saying they were “improper and unacceptable”.
He, however, said the House cannot decide whether her action was criminal in nature and it should be left for the agencies outside the House. “If she has committed a crime, law will take its course”, he said.
Under all round attack, Jyoti said in both the Houses that “if certain words spoken by me outside the House have hurt someone, I take back my words and offer regrets. However, if the House feels so, I am also ready to seek an apology.”
“My intention was not to hurt anyone. If my speech outside the House has hurt anyone, I express my deep regrets and accept…”
However, Opposition members stormed into the Well demanding her sacking. “A mere apology will not suffice. She will have to resign,” was their refrain.
After repeated adjournments, the business in the Rajya Sabha was called off for the day after lunch because of the uproard.
Soon after both the Houses met for the day, opposition members created uproar over Jyoti’s remarks and demanded an apology from Modi.
Members of Congress, TMC, SP and other opposition parties rushed to the Well leading to repeated adjournments in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha during pre-lunch sitting.