BJP legislator calls RJD colleague ‘Pakistani’ (Lead)

February 25th, 2009 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyPatna, Feb 25 (IANS) The Bihar assembly Wednesday witnessed unruly scenes after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator called Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) member Shakeel Ahmad Khan a “Pakistani”.
Ramadhar Singh made the offensive remark during a discussion over the state budget after Khan and some of his party colleagues hit out at BJP leader L.K. Advani.

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

Furious over the BJP legislator’s remark, RJD legislators and other opposition members rushed towards the speaker’s chair demanding an apology from and action against Ramadhar Singh.

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

Khan, a former minister and now spokesperson of RJD, is considered close to Railways Minister Lalu Prasad. The BJP is part of the Bihar government headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United.

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

It is not the first time that Ramadhar Singh’s remarks have caused a furore in the assembly. In 2005 he called then chief minister Rabri Devi a “little educated Rabri’.

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