Salim claimed he was only quoting from the November 16 issue of English magazine “Outlook” and tabled the magazine authenticating it.
The Lok Sabha on Monday plunged into pandemonium with four adjournments, as the MPs from both sides turn intolerant during the debate on rising incidents of intolerance in the country. The treasury benches took objections on CPI(M) member Mohd Salim’s remarks that Home Minister Rajnath Singh while hailing Narendra Modi had said ‘he is the first Hindu ruler after 800 years after Prithviraj Chavan.’ Home minister Rajnath jumped to his feet to deny any such comment and challenged Salim to tell the House when and where he had said so, or apologise. As Salim tried to fight back, claiming “this is tyranny of majority,” Rajnath said he was badly hurt as never such a serious charge was levelled on him, asserting that “no home minister can continue in his post after making such a statement.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Salim claimed he was only quoting from the November 16 issue of English magazine “Outlook” and tabled the magazine authenticating it. The ruling benches refused to let him go as minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy kept pleading with him to withdraw the remarks until his charge is verified, particularly after the Home Minister has flatly denied it. “Do not push the nation into a dangerous situation, making difficult for us to sit in the House.”Rajnath asserted that even his political opponents would not accuse him of making the statement attributed to him. He was right as the BJP leaders outside the House endorsed him, noting that the magazine had misquoted him.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who had allowed the debate urging members not to themselves become intolerant while discussing intolerance, sought to end the controversy by adjourning the House for lunch break, after declaring that particular allegations of Salim are “not kept in debate.” Noting that Salim had also not given notice to Rajnath as per the rules, particularly when such a charge is made on the home minister of the country, she repeated that “it will not be on record.”
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