Bhubaneswar: The controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by suspended BJP Spokesperson Nupur Sharma triggered an uproar in Odisha Assembly on the first day of Monsoon Session today.
Members of BJP and Congress had a face-off in the House after Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Narasingha Mishra raked up the issue and sought Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s stand on the same.
Mishra said, “Nupur Sharma was the Spokesperson or agent of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). Yesterday, the Supreme Court reprimanded her and also criticized the political party indirectly.” A ruckus ensued in the House when he began to speak again on the matter. Members of both Congress and BJP stood up from their seats and started sloganeering against each other.
In reaction, Deputy leader of the BJP Legislature Party Bishnu Charan Sethi said, “Congress is in power in the state where the barbaric killing of a tailor took place recently. Did the CM resign after the incident?”
“Nupur Sharma is not a member of Odisha Assembly. Why would there be a debate on her controversial remarks,” he questioned adding that the party has already suspended her and she has also apologized for the same. Later, Sethi targeted the Congress over issue of Kashmir Pandit exodus.
Following the ruckus, newly-elected Speaker Bikram Keshari Arukha adjourned the House for 10 minutes.