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BJP leader Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti during a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Nov 9, 2014. (IANS)

Hate Speech: Opposition Seeks Resignation of Niranjan Jyoti

A day after the Congress party questioned the “culpable silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Minister Niranjan Jyoti’s hate speech, Modi warned all his ministers and MPs against using derogatory language and said it won’t be tolerated.

The controversy came up ahead of Delhi Assembly polls after Union Minister Jyoti said, “Aapko tay karna hai ki Dilli mein sarkar Ramzadon ki banegi ya haramzadon ki”(You have to decide if you want a government in Delhi to be led by children of Lord Ram or illegitimate children), during a campaign rally in Delhi.

The Congress has questioned PM’s stand on the issue. The party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said, “The issue is the culpable silence of the Prime Minister within and outside Parliament on it.”

Meanwhile, Jyoti apologised for her remarks, saying, “I take back my words and offer regret. However, if the House feels so, I am also ready to seek an apology.”

There was protest in Lok Sabha, where the members shouted “the minister should apologize and resign,” in which Congress Party Secretary Rahul Gandhi was also joined. However, Jyoti said, “My intention was not to hurt anyone. If my speech has hurt anyone, I express my deep regrets,” in Lok Sabha.

However, the opposition seems to be not satisfied with her apology as they sought resignation from her, saying won’t allow the Rajya Sabha to function “unless the government files an FIR against Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and drops her from the Cabinet.” But, amid, the government has said that the issue is over as the minister apologised and expressed her regret.

The party has also mentioned the issue regarding Giriraj Singh and criticised NDA government for making him a minister. Singhvi claimed, “He was rewarded after saying those things and made a Minister of State. Perhaps Modiji will make now make him a Cabinet minister after his second statement.”

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley commented that Jyoti’s remark was improper and unacceptable. Whereas, opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma has also reportedly said that the minister had taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, and if she had violated the Constitution by uttering such remarks, she should resign.

 

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