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Consulting With Chair On Course Of Action: Kiren Rijiju On Owaisi's 'Palestine' Slogan After Oath-Taking In Lok Sabha

Kuldeep Negi

Jun 26, 2024, 01:50 PM | Updated 03:20 PM IST

AIMIM president and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi. (Facebook)
AIMIM president and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi. (Facebook)

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that he was consulting with the chair on future course of action on AIMIM chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi's 'Jai Palestine' slogan after oath-taking in the Lok Sabha.

Without naming Owaisi, Rijiju said, "After a member shouted 'Jai Palestine' following their oath, I am now discussing this with the chair as per the rules to determine the future course of action on the matter".

Rijiju said that the India was "neither opposed to any country nor are we enemies of any".

"However, I do not believe it is right to chant in favour of any other country inside the Parliament of India," he added.

Owaisi took the oath as Lok Sabha MP in Urdu and concluded it with the slogan “Jai Bheem, Jai Telangana, Jai Palestine”.

The unexpected mentioning of the conflict-hit West Asian region during his oath immediately drew objections from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs.

Radha Mohan Singh, who was presiding over the oath-taking ceremony, assured that the controversial slogan would be expunged from the official records of Parliament.

Criticising Asaduddin Owaisi for his slogan, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said it is “absolutely wrong”.

“This is against the rules of the House. He does not say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' while living in India... People should understand that he does unconstitutional work while living in the country,” Reddy told ANI.

Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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