Venkaiah to Congress: We don’t need your public discourse

December 06, 2014 12:14 pm | Updated April 07, 2016 03:03 am IST - HYDERABAD

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the media in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the media in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday accused the Congress and its alliance partners of maintaining double standards in stalling the Parliament even after Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti apologised for her "sons of Ram" remarks.

“The NDA government did not need pravachan (public discourse) from Congress about how Ministers should conduct themselves in public life. It was the Congress that brought down the spirit of discourses by degrading and devaluing standards in public life,” Mr. Naidu told reporters in Hyderabad.

The Congress and its allies adopted double standards on the issue by claiming they did not get a chance to voice their concern and asking their members to enter Parliament wearing black bands across their faces. This was an objectionable and vulgar display out of frustration over loss of power.

He asked the opposition to understand the spirit of the mandate given by people in the elections and return to the business of the House. What Ms. Sadhvi said was unacceptable and condemned by the BJP, he said but reminded that Congress right from its president Sonia Gandhi to leaders down below had uttered unprintable words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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