Delhi: Comments made by Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Upper House on Thursday comparing deaths during Uri attacks and demonetisation have been expunged, as per ANI.
Azad today sparked a ruckus by drawing a comparison between Uri terror attack and demonetisation in terms of people's death, causing adjournment of the House for the day.
Top government ministers launched a sharp attack on the Congress leader with Arun Jaitley calling it "irresponsible" and M Venkaiah Naidu describing it as "anti-national", and demanding an apology.
Speaking in the Upper House, Azad had said 40 people had died following government's decision on demonetisation and added that fewer had been killed in attack by Pakistani terrorists in Uri.
"Who should be punished" for the death of these 40 people due to "wrong policy" on demonetisation, Azad asked and added that "millions of people are troubled. BJP and the government are responsible," as per PTI.
His remarks invited howls of protest from treasury benches.
Terming Azad's remark as "anti national", I and B Minister Naidu had demanded that the entire Congress party apologise and had also asked Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to expunge it.
On his part, Azad said he was only referring to the number of people who had died due to the government's decision of demonetisation.
Echoing Naidu's views, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said Azad's remarks are "atrocious, anti-national and an insult to the martyrs".
(With Agency inputs)