MOS Jyoti apologises for using abusive language

  • Minister Niranjan Jyoti uses abusive language
  • Opposition demand action for speaking provocatively
  • Unhappy over Modi’s lukewarm response

New Delhi, December 2: Minister of state for food processing industries Niranjan Jyoti finally apologises for the foul language that she had used during an election campaign here, on Monday. This was after the uproar the comment created in the parliament on Tuesday, with the opposition vehemently criticising her language. Congress leader Ashwani Kumar said that such words show narrow-mindedness of BJP and such statement had never been made in history of democracy before.

During an election rally she had said that people of Delhi must decide if they wanted a government of Ramzaadon (followers of Ram) or a government of those who are illegitimate. Terming her language as ‘objectionable’ and provocative, inciting differences, the opposition demanded her ouster. It was Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of Congress, who took up the issue to the speaker, Sumitra Mahajan.

When her statements created controversy over language and content, she was all defiant. “I did not take name of any particular individual, community or party. I was talking about separatist parties and leaders who think of dividing the country,” she said and added the statement was for those who didn’t believe in Ram and unified India. “Is it a crime to talk about Ram? How can talking about Ram be communal?” she demanded. During the rally she had heaped praises on Narendra Modi and evidently flayed Sonia Gandhi and also her son-in-law. “The son of an ordinary family, who sold utensils…how did this man become a millionaire? They robbed the poor,” she questioned about Vadra.

On Monday, during the parliament session, when several Congress and Trinamool Congress members rushed to the Well shouting slogans, both the houses were adjourned for a brief period. Later, Jyoti apologised and said she did not have any ill intentions while making the remarks, “But whatever words that I spoke, I express my deep regret and I accept what I said.”

Jyoti is one among the six MPs given the task of campaigning for Delhi polls.  She is the Dalit icon of BJP and is said to have helped the party gain inroads into the Dalit and backward sections. Yet another Dalit icon BSP supremo Mayawati demanded her resignation and also said that an FIR needs to be lodged in Jyoti’s name.

Despite the minister’s apology, the opposition is unhappy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lukewarm response to the issue.

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