In wake of the controversial remarks made by Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Bharatiya Janata Party MPs to abstain from addressing the nation, sources in the BJP said.
At the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting held on Tuesday, Modi asked his MPs to avoid making uncalled for statements. He also condemned the comments made by Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
While asserting her point and exhorting people to vote for the BJP, Niranjan had on Monday said that everyone including Muslims and Christians are sons of Ram. She also went ahead and added that those who do not believe in this ideology do not belong to India.
“Modiji ka mantra hai na hum khayenge na khane denge. Ab aapko tyah karna hai ki aap kise chunenge, aapko chunna hai ki ramzyaado ki sarkar banegi ya h*******o ki sarkar banegi, ye aapko tyah karna hai (Modi has given a mantra that we will neither take bribe nor let others take bribe. Now you have to decide whom to choose. Will you choose the sons of Ram or those who are illegitimate),” she had said.
Her statements resulted in massive uproar in Parliament with the opposition parties unitedly condemning it. Facing severe criticism over her remarks, Niranjan Jyoti was forced to apologise in Parliament on Tuesday.
However, the Congress called this apology “too little too late” and sought her resignation. The party claimed that the “objectionable” language used by the BJP leader created tension at a time when there have been communal riots.
Leaders from all political parties in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had sought an apology from the minister.