Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti controversy, this time in the Lok Sabha, failed to satisfy the Opposition MPs, who walked out of the House demanding “more action” from the government. The government, meanwhile, claimed it had made its best efforts to resolve the matter.
Clad in a white kurta, Modi appeared at 11 am before Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu told the Lok Sabha that the PM would make a statement.
Modi spoke for about a minute in what appeared to be a repeat of his Thursday’s statement in the Rajya Sabha, only this time he also mentioned that Jyoti hailed “from a village”. “She (Jyoti) is a new minister. Unke samaajik background ko hum jaante hain; veh gaon se hain aur unhonne kshama maangi hai (We are all aware of her social background and that she hails from a village. She has tendered her apology as well),” Modi said. “Being seniors in the House means when one of our own seeks an apology before such a great House, we should also shower her with our forgiveness,” he added.
Jyoti was present in the House. Modi stayed put for the whole Question Hour even after the Opposition walked out.
Unlike his statement in the Rajya Sabha, Modi thanked the Lok Sabha members for letting the House run despite the protests.
Modi also said that he had disapproved Jyoti’s comments even before the matter was raised inside Parliament. He ended his statement with an appeal to “end this matter” and “continue with the work for nation’s interest”.
Govt to revamp Planning Commission: PM
PM Narendra Modi Friday told the Lok Sabha that the government was giving a new avatar to the Planning Commission (PC) to make it more “in sync with the changing times”. Making a short intervention during Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Modi said the government was planning to involve knowledgeable people and those who can provide new ideas to redefine and restructure the PC. “I want to inform the House that I have convened a meeting of Chief Ministers on December 7. We will have detailed discussions. In the PC also there had been discussions earlier on how to bring it in tune with the changing times… Plans are afoot towards a new shape,” he said.