Ruling out resignation of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti for her controversial remarks, Government on Wednesday came down heavily on opposition for disrupting Parliament accusing it of “authoritarianism”.
“Question does not arise at all. There is no question of the minister resigning at all,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told.
“Let the Congress remember what they have done with regard to Beni Prasad Varma. What is the language they have used against former Prime Minister,” Naidu said.
He was referring to an incident during UPA rule when Verma had allegedly made derogatory comments against SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and former PM A B Vajpayee which led the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to apologise in the House as the minister had refused to do so.
“Beni Prasad Verma, Minister in the UPA government, made irresponsible, obnoxious, very indecent remarks against different people . . . against Mulayam Singhji, against Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji,” Naidu said, adding the senior leader had not apologised for his remarks.
Naidu also reminded the protesting Trinamool Congress MPs about the reported remarks of party MP Tapas Pal at a public meeting where he had allegedly threatened CPI-M cadres and their family members with rape and violence.
Reacting to opposition’s slogan that “tanashahi nahin chalegi” (authoritarianism will not be allowed), Naidu said it was opposition party MPs who were trying to impose their dictum in the House.
“They are saying authoritarianism will not be allowed. I am also saying authoritarianism will not be allowed . . . they are creating trouble in the House,” the Minister said.
Naidu said the opposition’s demand for Niranjan’s resignation was “meaningless”.
“If a member has said something objectionable and has expressed regret and apologised, the issue ends there. This is Parliamentary tradition,” he said.
Naidu said Niranjan is a first time MP, a simple woman from a very humble background.
“She said something . . . whatever she said was objectionable. The opposition is saying that her statement was criminal . . . the criminal action was required in what was said by Beni Prasad Varma,” he said.