Published On : Mon, Apr 10th, 2017

Opposition disrupts Parliament over Tarun Vijay’s ‘racist’ remarks

New Delhi: The proceedings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned multiple times today over the purported racial remarks of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Tarun Vijay.

As soon as the lower house took up Question Hour, Congress members raised the issue and demanded an apology.

As they raised slogans, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for 10 minutes.

Pandemonium continued when the House reassembled.

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, “Are people living in South India part of country or not? This shows your mentality, do you want to divide India?”

“What action are you going to take?Otherwise we will have to agitate not only inside but outside too,” Kharge asked the government.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stood up to reply amid din.

“India is a secular country, discrimination on basis of caste,creed,colour cannot be allowed here,” he said.

However, the uproar continued and the speaker adjourned the House again.

In Rajya Sabha, the Congress forced two adjournments during pre-noon session over alleged misuse of Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation against opposition chief ministers.

Congress first sought suspension of business to discuss the alleged ‘unleashing’ of ED and CBI against former chief ministers belonging to opposition parties and then trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien first adjourned the proceedings for 10 minutes.

But when similar scenes were witnessed again, he was forced to adjourn the proceedings for another five minutes.