Two ex-Ministers laugh on as BJP MP abuses SP’s Danish Ali, Harsh Vardhan says…

Former Health Minister Harsh Vardhan issued a clarification on Friday amid outrage over his reaction to communal remarks against a BSP lawmaker. BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri had triggered a massive controversy after making a slew of communal remarks against Danish Ali during a Parliament address. Videos of the now expunged remarks have gone viral on social media with many taking umbrage at the reaction of former Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“It is a notorious and fabricated story filled with negativity and is being used by some vested political elements on social media to tarnish my image,” the former Health Minister insisted in a lengthy Twitter statement.

While he was witness to the “jugglery of words” alongside the entire House, the lawmaker insisted that he ‘could not clearly hear what was being said’.

Bidhuri’s Islamophobic remarks came during a Lok Sabha discussion on the Chandrayan-3 mission and have since been expunged from the proceedings. Reports quoting sources said that Speaker Om Birla had taken note of Ramesh Bidhuri’s remarks and gave him a warning.

Union minister Rajnath Singh had expressed regret for Bidhuri’s remarks while the BJP issued a show cause notice to the Lok Sabha member.


(With inputs from agencies)

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Updated: 22 Sep 2023, 05:31 PM IST