Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Kodikunnil Suresh on Saturday wrote to Speaker Om Birla demanding immediate suspension of BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri over the Islamophobic slurs he used against BSP lawmaker Danish Ali on the floor of the House.
Suresh, as a member of the panel of chairperson, was presiding over the Lok Sabha proceedings when the incident occurred Thursday.
He also demanded that the matter be referred to the privilege committee, stressing that a member of Parliament “behaving like a hatemonger in the hallowed halls of our democracy is a shocking aberration which must never be tolerated.”
“Ever since I have assumed the responsibility of being on the panel of Chairpersons in the Lok Sabha, it has been my endeavour to ensure the spirit of the constitution and uphold the values of the August House,” senior Congress leader said.
He went on to say: “However, the most appalling and unfortunate incident that shook the very core of every value to which we all stand guard, took place in the new Parliament House where Ramesh Bidhuri, a BJP MP misbehaved and brought immense shame to the house.”
“Since the translation services were not optimal and the House was erupting in protest, I could not make out the exact meaning of the utterances of Ramesh Biduri, but sensing the situation, I immediately ordered for the expunging of all terms, usages and expletives from the record that were spoken by Ramesh Bidhuri, and ensured the hate-filled remarks are permanently expunged and removed,” he added.
Ali and other Opposition leaders demanded the immediate suspension of Hindutva politician citing the video footage of Ramesh Bidhuri calling Danish Ali a Bhadwa (pimp), Katwa (circumcised) and Mullah Atankvadi (Muslim terrorist).
The incident has triggered a massive outrage against the ruling BJP’s hatred towards Muslims.