The opposition Congress on Wednesday escalated its anti-minority rhetoric in the Rajya Sabha, including the controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand’s call for Hindus to take up arms.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu did not allow the matter to be raised under Rule 267 and even directed to remove from the record the mention of the alleged call of the priest to kill a certain minority community.
“It will not go on record. The name of any community will not go on record,” Naidu said. The issue is being raised.
Kharg said he had issued notices under Rule 267, citing examples of hate speech against minorities in the country and allegations of harassment of journalists at certain online media outlets.
“Swamijis are giving provocative speeches from Haridwar to Delhi,” he said, referring to a slant in Narsinghananda’s speech. “On Sunday, a husband said that all … (community names removed by Naidu’s order) should be killed.”
Naidu said, “We should not quote him if he utters meaningless words. Raise it again in the House and then discuss who said what. It will not solve the problem. I did not allow it.”
“No one should engage in hate speech against any community, minority or majority. The community should not be taken in. No one should speak against anyone.” Yeti Narsinghananda, the controversial chief priest of the Dasna Devi temple, made another line in his remarks on Sunday, urging Hindus to take up arms to “fight for their existence”.
Earlier, Naidu had said that he did not allow notices from both Kharg and Sushmita Deb in Congress and Luisinho Joaquim Faleiro and Mohammed. Nadimul Haque, under Rule 267 on both TMC, Incidents of Rising Prices and Hate Speech.
“They don’t fall under 267,” he said. “Even if you give notice every day, if it’s not worth taking under that rule, I won’t do it.” .
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