Opp demands Censure motion against Sadhvi

Opp demands Censure motion against Sadhvi

The stalemate in Rajya Sabha persisted for the fourth day today with nine opposition parties calling for passage of a joint resolution condemning the remarks of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti who, they said, deserves "outright removal".

"We once again appeal to the government to accept a joint resolution condemning the attempts to outrage our Constitution by making inflammatory speeches aimed at dividing the syncretic, socio-cultural mosaic of our country's rich diversity," a joint statement said, pressing for a 'Motion of Censure' against the Minister.

Signed by Congress, Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, Janata Dal (United), BSP, CPI, CPI(M), DMK and NCP, the statement said that "despite the cooperation" extended by them in the Upper House, government continued to remain "obdurate" and "highly unreasonable".

"This unfortunately leaves us with no option but to continue with our protest demanding that such remarks aimed at sharpening communal polarisation in the country for narrow partisan, political and electoral gains is not acceptable," it said.

The parties said that they informed the Business Advisory Committee yesterday that they would propose a 'Motion of Censure' in the House to the effect that such comments coming from an MP and a member of the Union Council of Ministers is not acceptable and deserves to be condemned.

"Unfortunately, we have been informed now that the government does not accept our reasonable proposal. All through this period, we have shown restraint. Though disappointed, we heard the Prime Minister without an interruption and then made such a proposal," they said.

Holding that such "outrageous" remarks run against the grain of the country's pluralistic ethos and the spirit of its secular and democratic Constitution, they said it warranted "outright removal of the concerned minister". (MORE) PTI SKC AMR SPG RT 12051648

They said her remarks not only constituted a cognizable, non-compoundable offence under Section 153-A of IPC but also violates the fundamental feature of the Constitution under which the minister assumed office.

They also lamented that the Prime Minister did not meet the basic issue of removal of the concerned minister from the Union Council of Ministers "or even censure her comments".

Countering the ruling party's charge that Opposition was bent on disrupting the House, they said that the sincerity of the Opposition in running the House smoothly and helping the Parliamentary business to be conducted properly has been displayed by the fact that within two days, five legislations were considered and adopted by the House.

"This has no precedence in recent memory...the current impasse in the Rajya Sabha is thus the creation of the government," they said.

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