New Delhi: Giving up its adamant stand, BJP on Thursday tendered unconditional apology for alleged remarks of
its member Ananth Kumar in the Lok Sabha against RJD Chief
Lalu Prasad during the Census 2011 debate.
As soon as the House met for the day, Leader of Opposition
Sushma Swaraj said, "I unconditionally apologise for the
remarks made by Ananth Kumar yesterday."
When Prasad sought to intervene, Swaraj said in a lighter
vein, "I also apologise on behalf of Laluji also."
"There is a lot of important business to be done in the
House. I appeal to members to help in smooth running of the
House," she said.
Kumar, who was present in the House, however, did not say
The BJP member had insisted yesterday that he had not made
the remarks against Prasad and would neither apologise nor
"I will neither apologise nor withdraw my comments," Kumar
had told reporters.
Swaraj had said Kumar has not denied using both "Gaddar
(traitor)" and "rashtravirodhi (anti-national)" words during
his presentation in Lok Sabha.
Both Swaraj and Kumar had maintained that the BJP member
had not used these two words against Prasad and there was a
misunderstanding among SP, RJD and other members. BJP accused
these members of getting desperate, thinking Kumar was
digressing from the issue.
"But one should understand the context in which Kumar
mentioned them. Our notice demanding a discussion on Census
was against the column `nationality as declared` in the
National Population Register (NPR) form. Gaddar word per se is
unparliamentary but not in this context," Swaraj had said.