Only insane can talk like Sudarshan: Congress

Sunday, January 2, 2011

NEW DELHI - The war of words between the Congress and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, after the terror tag being attached to the latter, intensified Thursday with ruling party MPs strongly objecting to former RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan’s remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal even went to the extent of saying that “only an insane (person) can talk like that”.

Congress members in both houses of parliament protested near the presiding officers’ podiums demanding an apology from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is ideologically connected to the RSS.

Noisy scenes greeted Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as both Congress and opposition MPs protested vehemently, causing a deadlock that forced the adjournment of the house till Monday morning, as Friday is a holiday on account of Chhath puja.

Congress members alleged that former RSS chief Sudarshan had made some “objectionable remarks” against Gandhi.

In the Rajya Sabha, as soon as the house began proceedings began, Congress members led by Satyavrat Chaturvedi and Mabel Rebello advanced to Chairman Hamid Ansari’s podium and displayed copies of a newspaper that contained a report about the former RSS chief making some objectionable remarks against Gandhi at a function in Bhopal.

Chaos prevailed in the house with ruling and opposition benches trading verbal volleys. Amid the din, the house was adjourned till Monday.

The Sudarshan remarks have not been reported in the media because they were defamatory. However, a national Hindi daily published them Thursday, causing an uproar in the Congress.

Senior Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal K. Sudarshan said “only an insane (person) can talk like that”.

“He has used the words not even a mad will use. They (BJP MPs) should have apologised,” Bansal told reporters.

He, however, regretted ruling MPs advancing to the speaker’s podium and said: “We should not have gone into the well. But the BJP members were already near the well even before she (Meira Kumar) came into the house. This is unheard of.”

Always at loggerheas with each other, the war between the Congress and the RSS intensified since the name of senior Sangh leader Indresh Kumar figured in the charge sheet in the Ajmer blast case.

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