New Delhi: A united Opposition today created uproar in the Rajya Sabha while demanding resignation of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti for her controversial remarks, forcing repeated adjournments.
It was trouble right from the word go with opposition also attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not coming to the House to speak on the issue and wanted him to announce the "sacking" of the minister in the House.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu rejected their demand citing controversial remarks made in the past by leaders from other parties as well.
BJP members engaged in angry exchange of words with those in the Opposition as the government appeared toughening its stand on the issue with a number of ministers countering the demand.
Members from Congress, SP and JD (U) trooped into the Well while those from CPI-M, CPI and Trinamool Congress were on their feet rejecting the government's argument that the matter should be treated as closed since the minister has already expressed regret.
The House was adjourned four times in the pre-lunch session because of the pandemonium. Soon after Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari took up
obituary references after the House met for the day. Opposition members were on their feet demanding action against the minister.
Renewing his demand for passing a condemnation resolution by the House, Naresh Agrawal (SP) said, "This House does not have faith in the minister and demands that she be sacked." Deputy Leader of Congress Anand Sharma said the remarks made by the minister is "not only a cognisable but also compoundable offence" under section 153(A) of the IPC and demanded that the Prime Minister should come to the House and inform it that the minister has been sacked.
Section 153(A) of the IPC deals with the offence of promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence and language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.
"We are not seeking any apology. The minister should be sacked. This is an insult to the Constitution. The Prime Minister should inform the House that the minister has been sacked," Sharma said.