Making her third appearance and the first speech in Uttar Pradesh Assembly,BJP leader Uma Bharti Wednesday won praise from the ruling Samajwadi Party as Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan described her as his sister while replying to a discussion on Muzaffarnagar violence.
Elected to UP assembly from Charkhari in 2012,Bharti first attended the House for taking oath in first session in May last year and later made a 10-minute visit during the December session. On Wednesday,she was second after party leader Hukum Singh to speak on the adjournment notice moved by her party during zero hour.
Before starting her speech,Bharti requested the members to give her a patient hearing. This is my maiden speech. I expect it should be heard without disturbance, Bharti said. However,the speech started on a stormy note as she mentioned that partition of India was done on the basis of religion Pakistan for Muslims and Hindustan for Hindus.
Agitated SP members stood up opposing her remarks. After chaos prevailed for nearly 15 minutes,Minister for Backward Welfare Ambika Choudhary stated: India was never a Hindu Rashtra. It is secular and more Muslims live here than in Pakistan.
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey,however,asked Bharti to continue her speech.
Let me complete. I was going to say that India adopted a secular character while Pakistan based its governance on a particular religion. Muslims who stayed back in India,did so on the basis of mutual trust with Hindus. They felt more safe with their Hindu neighbours. But this mutual trust has now shattered. Government approach is also increasing the gap, Bharti said.
Going a step further,Bharti said that she had remained a CM and a union minister and now she is ready to place forward a resolution in UP assembly. I am associated with Ayodhya movement and I have no regrets about it. But I believe that we should develop people who are not bound by a particular religion but have faith of Islam,welfare of Hinduism,valour of Sikhism,non-violence of Jainism and mercy of Christianity. I am not hungry for votes,which we get after getting people killed. We are not interested in such politics, Bharti said as the ruling benches thumped their desk.
She said that she had appreciated the state government for its role in organising Kumbh Mela without any prejudice but now this government has lost the goodwill,which it earned within a span of less than two years.
Bharti also asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to do justice with everyone. We will support you. Ask administration to act impartially. One community should not feel neglected. Both officials and the ministers who were behind this riot,should be sacked, she said.