New Delhi: Taking a cue from the Gandhigiri of the BJP lawmakers who offered roses to the agitating Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered a glass of water to AAP member Bhagwant Mann, who was protesting in the Lower House of the Parliament against the CBI raids at Delhi secretariat.
AAP MP Mann while shouting slogans in the well of the House felt uneasy and looked for water on the table of Lok Sabha secretariat officials who sit in the Well.
Coming to his aid, a smiling PM Modi offered him the glass of water kept on his table which the AAP member readily drank. The two smiled as Mann kept the glass back on the table. Several BJP members appreciated the PM’s gesture by thumping the desks.
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But that did not stop Mann from raising anti-government slogans.
On Tuesday, in a bid to make up with protesting Congress lawmakers, some BJP MPs offered roses to them in the Lok Sabha. This happened while the former were inside the well of the house raising slogans over alleged atrocities against Dalits.
Congress MPs stormed into the well raising slogans against the Prime Minister and the SAD-BJP government in Punjab over the alleged chopping off of limbs of two Dalit youths at a farmhouse in Abohar, even though Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected notices for adjournment of the Question Hour including one on the Punjab Dalit issue.
While they were shouting slogans like ‘PM sharam karo’ (PM shame, shame) and ‘dismiss Punjab government’, six BJP lawmakers offered them roses.
Apparently embarrassed by their move, some senior BJP leaders pulled their MPs out of the well, but not before the latter had strewn a few roses on the table of the Lok Sabha secretariat officials inside the well.
When the House proceedings resumed, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge insisted on a debate on the Dalit issue.
Taking a dig at protesting Congress MPs, the Speaker said, “There is a question on farmers, but they (Congress members) have nothing to do with the farmers.”
When the Congress MPs continued raising slogans, Mahajan said in an angry vein, “In reality, you don’t want to raise Dalit issue. You just want to shout. This is not fair.”
(With inputs from agencies)