BJP asks Aiyar to apologise for remarks

Taking strong exception to nominated member Mani Shankar Aiyar`s remarks in Rajya Sabha against Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley, the party Wednesday said it would not allow the Upper House to function till he apologised.

Last Updated: May 05, 2010, 13:13 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking strong exception to nominated member Mani Shankar Aiyar`s remarks in Rajya Sabha against Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley and senior BJP member M Venkaiah Naidu, the party Wednesday said it would not allow the Upper House to function till he apologised.

"There are several bills pending in Rajya Sabha. We want to support passage of these bills provided the words uttered by Aiyar are taken back and he apologises. Till then
we will not allow the House to function," Deputy Leader of BJP in the Upper House SS Ahluwalia said.

The decision was taken at the Parliamentary Party meeting of the BJP here today.

On Monday, Aiyar had called Jaitley a "fascist".
Ahluwalia said since Aiyar was a nominated member and a minister in UPA-I, hence the responsibility of ensuring an apology from him lay with the government for his "unbearable remarks".

Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted by BJP members on Monday after Aiyar`s comments.
"We allowed the House to function yesterday as the government requested that the Finance Bill be passed. But later in the evening we forced an adjournment on the issue,"
Ahluwalia said.

PTI