New Delhi: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday demanded Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Mohammad Azam Khan for making objectionable remarks against BJP MP Rama Devi, to apologise for his remarks or be suspended from the House as members from across the political spectrum demanded strict action against him.
The call on how to proceed against the lawmaker will be taken by Speaker Om Birla who announced that he would call a meeting of leaders of political parties to discuss the episode before arriving at a decision.
Union Minister Smriti Irani led the charge. “Let us not reduce this to a problem of just women. This is a blot on all legislators including men,” woman and child development minister Smriti Irani said.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also urged Speaker Om Birla to take exemplary action against him. Members from Trinamool Congress, NCP, JD-U demanded strict action against Khan.
Azam Khan, on Thursday, made objectionable remarks against BJP member Rama Devi, who was presiding over the House as BJP members sought an apology from him. However, he did not apologise and said that he will resign if he had said anything unparliamentary.
Khan made remarks that were perceived to be sexist by the treasury benches and they strongly objected.