Venkaiah offends Congress MPs, causes uproar,later regrets
BJP's Venkaiah Naidu today created a storm in Rajya Sabha by his remark againsst a Congress MP during the debate on the FDI in multi-brand retail but later expressed regret saying it was unintentional.
His remark had forced a ten-minute adjournment of the House.
While Mr Naidu was speaking in favour of the motion to disapprove of the FDI in retail, Congress MP from Rajasthan Prabha Thakur stood up to say something.
A visibly irritated Mr Naidu made a remark directed at the member. Immediately, members of the Congress were on their feet protesting against the remark.
The assurance by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien that he would expunge the remark failed to pacify the Congress members who continued with their uproar.
The pleas by the Chair to members to maintain order fell on deaf ears as the MPs continued with their uproar, which forced Dr Kurien to adjourn the House for ten minutes.
After the House reassembled, Mr Naidu, refusing to apologise, asked the Chair to check the record.
The Congress members, led by Ms Renuka Chowdhury continued with their protests and insisted on an apology by Mr Naidu.
The assurance by Dr Kurien that he would go through the records and if a remark had been made against any member, he would give a ruling tomorrow failed to pacify the members who shouted slogans 'we want justice'.
Finally, Mr Naidu stood up to say that "I have not made any derogatory remark. I have the highest respect for everybody. I do not mean disrespect for anyone." While the discussion was on, Mr Naidu who had finished speaking, came to the House again and said he did not intend to hurt anybody by his remarks.
He said if his remark had hurt the feeling of the honourable member, he was ready to apologise.
Mr Naidu's gesture was welcomed with thumping of desks by all the members including those from the Congress.