Information & Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu immediately demanded that the Speaker should delete the references to “baap dada”.
“Today they said 80 per cent of our ‘baap’ was in Congress. I, Sadananda Gowda, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh–none of us had ever smelled of Congress. I feel sad that somebody talks about our parents when they are not here to defend themselves. Such references should be deleted from records,” Naidu said.
Speaking on the issue, expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav said nothing was above humanity and animals cannot be worshipped at the cost of humans. “I can kill 1 lakh cows to save a human,” he said. Sumedhanand Saraswti (BJP) objected to Yadav’s comments, saying it would hurt people’s feelings.
Earlier during the Question Hour, virtually the entire Opposition in Lok Sabha had continuously protested the attacks on dalits in Gujarat by raising slogans, with Congress members raising slogans from the Well. Barring AIADMK, members from all opposition parties were on their feet as the Question Hour continued till noon.