Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 7:
The ruling BJD today found an unusual supporter in the Odisha Assembly, the opposition Congress joined it in criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his style of functioning and his alleged “suit boot ki sarkar”.
It so happened during the Zero Hour when BJP member Rabi Narayan Naik demanded an apology from the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma for his “objectionable” remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Naik was referring to Minister Das Burma’s remarks on Modi during a debate in the State Assembly on alleged Central negligence of the state on Saturday. Das Burma had criticized the Prime Minister and had accused him of running a “suit boot ki sarkar”.
The BJP members today demanded the Speaker to expunge remarks made by the Minister against the Prime Minister from the Assembly proceedings.
While BJP and BJD members were trading words against each other on the issue, it was Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra of the Congress who rose from his seat and intervened that there was no need for expunging the remark from the record of proceedings of the House.
Mishra said: “I do not think there is any objectionable remark against the Prime Minister which needs to be expunged from the record of the House.”
“I fully support the minister who gave ‘suit boot ki sarkar’ remark on Prime Minister. His statements are based on facts. Congress supports it. How can the Prime Minister afford to stitch his suit in London while 77 per cent of country’s population survives by spending less than Rs 20 a day?” Mishra stated.
“We are run by a government which is inspired by the ideology of Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation,” the senior Congress leader said.
“While, they (BJP) claim to be respecting Mahatma Gandhi, at the same time they observe the birth anniversary of Nathuram Godse,” Mishra said.
While ruling BJD members welcomed Mishra’s statement by thumping the desk, angry BJP members walked out in protest.
“By this neither can it lead to progress of the country, nor can there be development. Therefore, I had said in the House that there is no need to praise such a Prime Minister,” Mishra told reporters outside the House.