House adjourned till 2.05pm after uproar over “Hindu PM” remark

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The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2.05 pm, after a debate on rising intolerance in the country, saw clashes over a comment attributed to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, by Left representative, Mohammad Salim.

Immediately after Salim quoted him as saying that, India had the first “Hindu ruler in 800 years, ” an irate Singh seeking an apology, said, “I have never been hurt as much as I have been today in my entire career.”

The CPI MP leader then, read out the particular comment from a news magazine, and challenged Singh to send a notice to the publication for quoting him wrongly.“This is a huge allegation. He should prove it or apologise,” said the home minister.

Salim, who began the debate on intolerance, alleged that, “we are straying from our culture,” and added, “We want a rational India, secular India.”

The discussion on the rise in intolerance in the country—a subject that has raged the opposition against the BJP-led government—will end without a vote.

In a tweet, JD-U President Sharad Yadav said, “The Prime Minister should have assured the country in his speech, that, there shall not be any communal violence. Such incidents were on the rise after the NDA came to power.”

CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury submitted a notice in Rajya Sabha seeking a one line resolution by the House condemning incidents of intolerance. He wanted an assurance from the government that such incidents do not happen again.

In the Lok Sabha, notices of CPI(M) member P Karunakaran, and Congress MP K C Venugopal, for a discussion on the same matter, were listed, on 30 November.

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