Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggarwal on Monday made some very controversial remarks in the Rajya Sabha, sparking outrage and ultimately caused disruption of the house. The leader, who was speaking on the issue of lynchings, made controversial remarks on religion and alcohol. Aggarwal’s remark drew heavy criticism from the members of ruling National Democratic Alliance. Following the ruckus, the Speaker adjourned the house till 4 pm. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, among some other top leaders, asked Naresh Agarwal to apologise over his statement. Later, Aggarwal withdrew his remarks and clarified that he didn’t want to hurt anyone’s sentiments.
Earlier in the day, the issue of killings in the name of cow protection topped the Rajya Sabha agenda with the opposition creating noisy scenes after the government said the states have all the powers to deal with such incidents and there was no need to change the existing law. Some of the Samajwadi Party members came near the Well and raised slogans expressing dissatisfaction over the government’s reply.
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Upping the ante, Aggarwal asked whether the Centre was aware of the number of lynchings which have taken place in the country in the name of cow vigilantism. He also sought a detailed data from the ministers on the same. Replying to Aggarwal, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir said that Law and Order are state subjects and Modi government is not responsible for it. “‘Police’ and ‘Public order’ are state subjects under the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India. The responsibilities to maintain law and order, protection of life and property rests primarily with the respective state governments,” he said. “The state governments are competent to deal with such offenses under the provisions of law. NCRB does not maintain data on lynching in the name of cow vigilantism,” he said in a written reply.