New Delhi, Aug 10, 2018 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments in parliament on Thursday with reference to Congress member BK Hariprasad have been deleted from the records in a development that is rare and embarrassing for the government.
PM Modi made the comments after the government’s candidate Harivansh won the election for the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson by 125 to 105 votes.
BK Hariprasad was the opposition candidate in the closely fought election.
PM Modi, in his speech congratulating Harivansh, said the election was between "two Haris". He went on to make a comment, playing on Mr Hariprasad’s initials, which was seen as derogatory and infuriated the Congress.
Immediately after, he praised Mr Hariprasad for protecting the dignity of democracy and fulfilling his responsibility.
It is rare but this may not be the first instance of a prime minister’s comments being expunged. In 2013, after a sharp exchange in Parliament between then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Arun Jaitley, who was in the opposition, resulted in some words used by both of them being deleted.
The government’s win in the Rajya Sabha test has delivered a blow to the opposition’s efforts to gather forces to take on the ruling BJP in the 2019 national election. The opposition missed several members in the house yesterday. The BJP, on the other hand, ensured its victory by meticulously reaching out to allies. Even minister Arun Jaitley came to the house for the first time since a surgery, to vote.