BJP MP sparks row by comparing astrology to astronomy

Updated: Dec 03, 2014, 20:35 IST | IANS

Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members

New Delhi: Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members.

While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was known centuries ago in India.

He said there should be no mocking of astrology as ayurveda was also treated like that earlier but now it is recognised worldwide.

When he remarked that astrology is like astronomy, there were protests from the Opposition benches, mainly Left members.

There was a brief exchange between them on the subject. He was participating in the discussion on 'The School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014'.

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