Union Minister Harsh Vardhan Singh (Photo Credit: Screengrab)
The Opposition Congress on Friday demanded an apology from Union Minister Harsh Vardhan for making "unparliamentary" remarks against Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha. A ruckus had broken out in the Lower House of Parliament and Congress and BJP MPs nearly came to exchanging blows after Harsh Vardhan's remark against Gandhi, prompting the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day.
Gandhi and other Congress MPs complained to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and demanded action against Vardhan for making "unwarranted" remarks. The former Congress chief claimed that the ruckus in the Lok Sabha was "orchestrated" by the BJP to prevent him from questioning the government.
The main Opposition party alleged that BJP members prevented Rahul Gandhi from exercising his right to ask questions, adding that the Congress MPs will express regret if they have violated parliamentary norms.
"The orchestrated ruckus in Parliament today was designed to prevent me from questioning the government. The youth of India can clearly see that the PM has no clue about how to tackle the unemployment crisis. To protect him, the BJP will keep disrupting Parliament, preventing debate," Gandhi said on Twitter.
The Congress leader also said, "We are being stifled and we are not being allowed to speak in Parliament". "They have suppressed our voices," he had said earlier.
Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament that Vardhan passed the remarks when he was seeking to raise the issue of the people of his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad not getting access to medical facilities in the absence of a medical college. "But I was prevented from doing so," he said.