Protest in Rajya Sabha over eulogising Nathuram Godse; BJP MP calls him a patriot, then backtracks

Protest in Rajya Sabha over eulogising Nathuram Godse; BJP MP calls him a patriot, then backtracks

By: || Updated: 11 Dec 2014 09:12 AM
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha witnessed protests Thursday as opposition leaders raised the issue of Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse being eulogised in Maharashtra.


Meanwhile, outside the house BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj praised Godse to the moon, calling him a patriot and a nationalist. Although, when an uproar sparked off over the comment, Sakshi Maharaj did an about turn and denied saying anything of the sort.


Raising the issue in Rajya Sabha Congress leader Husain Dalwai said, "Nathuram Godse 'shaurya divas' (bravery day) is being observed in Maharashtra.” He alleged that two legislators were also in the list of invitees.


"They are deliberately observing the 'shaurya divas' of the man who killed Father of the Nation. There was forced conversion in Agra, and now this...," Dalwai said, alleging that groups associated with ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were responsible for this.


"I have written to Maharashtra chief minister on this," he added.


This was followed by a ruckus in the house, with other opposition parties joining in.


Some members also trooped near the chairman's podium, raising slogans against the government.


An angry Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said government is not supporting the killers of Mahatma Gandhi in any way.


"This kind of language is unacceptable," Naqvi said.


As ruckus continued, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the house till noon. When the house met again for question hour at noon, the ruckus continued, forcing another adjournment for 10 minutes.


After the second adjournment, Congress leader Anand Sharma said he was certain the government will not support killers of Mahatma Gandhi, and added that the whole house shall speak in one voice on the issue.


"Opposition also wants the house to function. Government will never approve of eulogising of the assassins of Father of the Nation... Let the house speak in one voice. We must condemn it as one house," said Sharma.


Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said there is no question of eulogising Godse.


"There is no question of anybody accepting such a preposition eulogising the person responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. There is no question of anybody associating with such persons. I am saying this on record," Naidu said.