New Delhi: BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri faced severe criticism for his communal remarks made during a parliamentary session. The Speaker issued a warning of “strict action” and expunged the offensive comments from the official records.
The BJP sent a show-cause notice to Bidhuri, giving him 15 days to explain his unparliamentary language. Bidhuri’s derogatory words were directed at Muslim MP Danish Ali of the BSP during a discussion on the success of Chandrayaan.
Opposition leaders condemned Bidhuri and demanded strong action against him. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh expressed regret in the House, but the apology did not satisfy the opposition.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh demanded the “strictest possible action” against Bidhuri, highlighting the disparity in consequences compared to a suspension of their Lok Sabha leader in the previous session for alleged insults to ministers.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) criticized the BJP MP’s behaviour in a post, calling it the darkest day in the history of parliament. RJD MP Manoj Jha expressed sadness over the communal slur used in parliament and questioned the legitimacy given to such language against Muslims and Dalits.
The CPI (M) demanded Bidhuri’s arrest, stating that his abusive language constituted hate speech as indicted by the Supreme Court. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah highlighted the hateful language used and questioned how Muslims identifying with the BJP could coexist with such hatred.
Former Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, who was present during the incident, distanced himself from the controversy, claiming he couldn’t clearly hear what was said amid the chaos in the House.