Uproar in Lok Sabha over Anurag Thakur’s remarks on Jawaharlal Nehru

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Sept 18

The Opposition and the ruling BJP-led authorities clashed over organising of the PM Cares Fund, resulting in Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur expressing ‘regret’ over his remarks on Jawaharlal Nehru to revive the House proceedings.   

The House was adjourned four-times between four pm and 6 pm after Thakur took a jibe on the former Prime Minister.

The argument began when the ‘Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020’ was tabled. 

Thakur, whereas answering factors raised  by the Opposition on the necessity to create a brand new PM Cares Fund, mentioned the sooner Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund was created by Nehru ji (Jawaharlal Nehru) like a royal order.

From 1948 until at this time, it has not been registered. How did it get (international contribution) FCRA clearance? The belief is just not registered, he mentioned.

The PM CARES is a registered public charitable belief.

This is for 130 crore folks, mentioned Thakur, including “You created a trust for the Gandhi family. Nehru, Sonia Gandhi were members of the PM National Relief Fund. This should be investigated.”

This led to a pandemonium because the Congress chief of the House in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary retorted saying have we mentioned that Modi is stealing from funds, how did he (Anurag) use the phrases for Nehru.

“He  is lowering the respect of the Chair of Speaker,” Chaudhary instructed the Speaker.   

Gaurav Gogoi demanded that Thakur ought to apologise.

At 6 pm, the House resumed regular enterprise after Thakur mentioned: “I did not want to hurt anyone. If anyone is hurt I regret my words.”

Manish Tewari whereas protesting the tabling of the Bill cited a clause saying it permits the Centre to keep away from paying the GST dues to states. 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured the House “we are not running away from responsibility”.

“We have not said that we will not pay the states,” she mentioned.

Meanwhile, Kalyan Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC),  accused Speaker Om Birla of “protecting” BJP members, saying, “You tell us to sit down and you don’t say anything to BJP members who shout. You are protecting the BJP and not allowing us to speak.”

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