Bihar legislator calls Muslim colleague ‘Pakistani’ in assembly

February 25th, 2009 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyPatna, Feb 25 (IANS) The Bihar assembly Wednesday witnessed unruly scenes after a ruling party legislator called an opposition Muslim legislator a “Pakistani”.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ramadhar Singh made the comment against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator Shakeel Ahmad Khan during a discussion after the state budget was presented.

The incident occurred when some RJD Legislators, including Khan, made a remark about L.K. Advani, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

“Singh then told Khan that he had no right to say anything because he is a Pakistani,” RJD legislator Shyam Rajak told IANS.

Soon after the comment was made RJD legislators, along with other opposition members, rushed to the well of the house demanding an apology and action against Singh.

Furious RJD legislators said Singh’s remarks had again exposed the “communal politics of BJP”.

Khan, a former minister and now spokesperson of RJD, is considered close to Railways Minister Lalu Prasad and is a known as critic of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led coalition government in the state.

Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary has called for an all-party meet over the incident.

It is not the first time that Singh’s remarks have created furore in the assembly. In 2005, he called former chief minister Rabri Devi as “little educated Rabri’.

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