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Sadhvi’s remarks ‘strongly disapproved’ by PM in Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) Breaking his silence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today “strongly disapproved” of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s controversial remarks, saying such language should be avoided.

With Opposition stalling proceedings in Rajya Sabha for past three days demanding sacking of the minister, Modi appealed to members to allow the House to function in national interest as she has already apologised.

“I was informed about the statement which caused the controversy on the day BJP Parliamentary Party was to meet. In the meeting I strongly disapproved of the remarks and I said we should avoid using such language,” he said.

In election heat, he said, leaders should avoid using such language.

Modi said after the minister’s apology the matter should rest and the House resume in normal functioning.

The Prime Minister said Jyoti is a first time minister and a new member of Parliament and the House should show magnanimity by accepting her apology considering this.

“When the Minister has apologised, I appeal and request the House (to resume normal business)… In national interest, we must carry forward work (of the House),” he said, adding members should maintain decorum.

Modi said he shared the view that after the minister’s apology, the matter should be considered closed.

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