SP says BJP insulted national song, Speaker reserves ruling

BJP members also did not reach their seats when the national song was being played, Chaudhary said.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:June 25, 2014 3:27 am
Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey on his way to attend Budget session, in Lucknow on Tuesday. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey on his way to attend Budget session, in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Minister Ambika Choudhary Tuesday charged BJP MLAs with disrespect to national song Vande Mataram and contempt of the Chair in the Assembly on June 19.

Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey said he will pass a ruling after a probe in the matter.

Minister for Welfare of Handicapped Chaudhary said that on the first day of the budget session on June 19, BJP members had staged a dharna, blocking Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey’s passage to his chair. The Speaker had entered the Vidhan Bhawan through another gate.

BJP members also did not reach their seats when the national song was being played, Chaudhary said.

A heated exchange of words between SP and BJP members ensued over the issue.

“The act of BJP members is disrespect to Vande Mataram and also amounts to contempt towards the Chair. There is no precedent when the Speaker was stopped from entering the House. Some ruling should come from the Chair in this regard,” Chaudhary said.

Choudhary found support from Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya.

“Those who consider themselves champion of Vande Mataram have insulted it. It is shameful that the Speaker had to use another gate (to enter the House),” said Maurya.

BJP’s officiating leader Satish Mahana claim they had no intention of disrespect and contempt of the Chair. “Now, they will tell us about parliamentary practice when the whole world has witnessed shameful acts twice in this Assembly,” Mahana added.

Choudhary countered and said Kalyan Singh was chief minister when the shameful incident (clash between legislators) had taken place.

BJP’s chief whip Radhamohan Das Aggrawal said they were part of the House when Vande Mataram was being played and that it can be verified from the cameras and staff of the House.

Congress leader Pradeep Mathur also took a dig at the BJP. “Are they (BJP leaders) sole proprietor of Vande Mataram? They have no role in country’s freedom movement. They only instigate riots,” he said.

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