Opposition and ruling party members fought over the exclusion of Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy, from an event which would be attended by PM Modi, on the floor of the Lok Sabha, on 14 December.
As the Question Hour began, Congress and AAP members trooped into the well of the House raising anti-government slogans. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members protested against the demolition drive in Delhi, while the Congress took up the Punjab and Kerala issues. Soon after this, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House.
The Congress members alleged that the position of the PM was being misused for “political vendetta”. Irate Congress kept shouting that this was done intentionally to humiliate Chandy and the people of Kerala and saying so, walked out of the House.
Earlier, home minister Rajnath Singh said, the decision to withdraw the invite to Chandy for the event in Kerala was taken by Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) due to its “internal row” and the government has nothing to do with it.
KC Venugopal (Cong) raised the issue during Zero Hour. “The PMO has a hand in this. Humiliating Chandy is akin to humiliating Kerala,” alleged Venugopal.
“Who is invited and who is not is a decision for the SNDP to take and the government has nothing to do with it,” Singh said. Highlighting that the government has taken steps to fortify “cooperative federalism”, he said, it was done with an aim to avoid confrontation with the states.
Meanwhile, Vellapally Natesan, who heads SNDP said, it was he who was responsible for deletion of Chandy’s name from the function and not the BJP.