Rajya Sabha disrupted over VK Singh’s remarks over Dalit kids

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The opposition on 4 December created an uproar over Union minister VK Singh’s remarks over killing of two Dalit children in Haryana, forcing three adjournments in the Rajya Sabha.

When the House assembled, LoP Ghulam Nabi Azad said Singh should not only be removed from the ministry, but also from Parliament. “He has compared the killing of two Dalit children with dogs. He cannot remain in Parliament and be dismissed as a minister,” sad Azad.

Congress and BSP members trooped into the well of the House raising “VK Singh murdabad” slogans. Amid the din, MOS parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “They (opposition) are trying to make an issue out of a non-issue only to settle political scores. “Chairperson Hamid Ansari has tried running the House, but the Congress and BSP members are behaving in an unruly manner.”

In the Rajya Sabha, Singh had walked in during a discussion on a bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Referring to OROP, SC Mishra (BSP) said Singh should take pension and sit on “protest”. Singh smiled, prompting Mishra to say, “You have compared a human being, a Dalit, to some animal. And yet you are smiling. You should be ashamed.”

Earlier, when the House met for the day, BSP leader Mayawati was on her feet. She said, “Ever since the ruling government has assumed charge social and communal atmosphere is being disturbed. Instead of acting against people such as Singh, the government is protecting them.”

Deputy chairperson PJ Kurien said he didn’t have a notice on the issue from the member and asked her to submit a notice. Amidst the din, the House was adjourned for 15 minutes.

The BSP members again raised the issue of Singh, while Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ramgopal Yadav raised the issue of Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on Ram temple.

“The statement on Ram temple by the RSS chief will divide the country even though the case is pending before the Supreme Court.” And soon the BSP and SP members gathered in the well of the House to protest against Singh and Bhagwat.

At a meeting chaired by Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi, the party decided to boycott Singh,especially in the Lok Sabha, where its numbers are not enough to force an adjournment.

They said their MPs will walk out whenever he answered a question or reply to any discussions. Singh is minister of state for external affairs.

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