As soon as the the Rajya Sabha met at 11 am on Wednesday morning after a four-day break, a united Opposition disrupted the proceedings in the House to protest against the alleged comments made by union minister Anant Kumar Hegde on changing the Constitution and secularism.
MoS for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was present in the House when Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad sought a clarification from the Minister about his comments.
“Minister who has no faith in the Constitution has no right to be a minister. He has no right to be a Member of Parliament,” Azad said.
As the protests in the House grew louder, M. Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House until noon.
As soon as the House resumed at noon, the Chair said announced that the Parliament Affairs Minister Vijay Goel wanted to speak on the issue of Hegde’s comments before the Question Hour.
Soon, members of the Opposition including Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, CPI and DMK were allowed to make brief remarks on the issue.
Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal demanded an apology from minister Anant Kumar Hagde.
“The Constitution is supreme in our country. Even the last citizen should not act or speak against the Constitution. Nobody should violate. In that case, how can a minister say that a unique feature of our Constitution – secularism – how can he say that it should be removed, ” said DMK MP, Tiruchi Siva.
Soon after this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel got up to make explain the stand of the government.
“I want to clarify one thing…We are committed to the Constitution and we do not agree to the views prescribed by our minister (Anant Kumar Hegde),” said Goel.
As soon as Goel sat down uproar in the House resumed.
The Chairman then said, ” When the Parliament Affairs Minister says that the government does not agree with the statement made by the minister, that’s end of the story.”
But as the uproar continued, the House again had to be adjourned until 2 pm.