Why Rajnath Singh felt hurt in Parliament today

The debate on the issue of 'intolerance' in the Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed stormy scenes, after Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Mohammad Salim attributed some Hindutva remarks to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Updated: Nov 30, 2015, 18:41 PM IST
Why Rajnath Singh felt hurt in Parliament today

New Delhi: The debate on the issue of 'intolerance' in the Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed stormy scenes, after Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Mohammad Salim attributed some Hindutva remarks to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Salim targetted the Union Home Minister for allegedly describing Prime Minister as India's 'first Hindu ruler after 800 years'.

Salim who initiated a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the issue of intolerance, quoted a magazine, saying that Rajnath Singh had made the remark at an internal meeting of RSS.

"Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that for first time in 800 years, a Hindu has become India's PM," he added.

The Home Minister denied having ever made such remarks and said he was never hurt so much in his Parliamentary career as he was today.

"Mohd Salim levelled a serious allegation against me. He should say when and where I made such a statement or apologise .... A Home Minister who makes such a statement has no moral right to be the Home Minister. I speak after weighing every word... People know Rajnath Singh can never make such a statement," the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said Salim's remarks pertaining to the magazine report on the minister would not go on record and she would examine the issue.

Meanwhile, the deadlock in Lok Sabha over CPI (M) member's comments against the Home Minister was resolved as the Speaker expunged the remarks.