Appearing before the Rajya Sabha Committee on Privileges, VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi Wednesday stuck to her controversial “terrorists-in-Parliament” remark. She also resisted all suggestions made by some members to tender an unconditional apology.
The committee, headed by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, is seized of a complaint by Opposition members against Prachi about the remarks made by her at a public meeting at Roorkee. The panel had summoned Prachi to appear before it.
After her deposition, Prachi told reporters: “I am a daughter of this country…I will not backtrack…I am being pressured to apologise. They (the committee members) shouted me down. I said that I too have the right to speak.”
Kurien, according to sources, asked her to tender an apology, but she somehow seemed inclined to make it conditional.
Accompanied by a lawyer, she insisted that she had not insulted Parliament as an “institution”.
The matter was referred to the committee last October following a complaint by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, TRS member K Keshav Rao and several others. They alleged that Sadhvi Prachi had undermined the dignity of the House through her remarks.
In August 2015, Prachi had reportedly said that “one to two terrorists” are sitting in Parliament. The remark was apparently aimed at those who had opposed the hanging of Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict.