Friday, 06 December, 2019


Amid Protests, Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde Apologises For 'Constitution' Comment

Opposition members protest inside the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament Opposition members protest inside the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament
Bennie Garza | 29 December, 2017, 00:44

Disturbed by the controversial statements of Union Minister of State for Skill Development, Anant Kumar Hegde at various public meetings in Karnataka in recent weeks, the state BJP has reportedly appealed to the party's central leadership to restrain him from making such speeches any more, warning that he could cost the party the Dalit vote in the coming assembly polls otherwise.

With Ms Mahajan's nudge, the minister said his speech had been presented in a distorted manner, which was not correct.

During an event on Sunday in Hegde's home state Karnataka, he said, "some people say the Constitution says secular and you must accept it". Hegde said that he was apologizing to those who may have been hurt by his remarks, but maintained that his words had been distorted. "This is all that I can say", Hegde said in the Lok Sabha. "We are here for that and that is why we have come", he had said. "If it has hurt anyone, I have no objection in apologising to the Honourable members". I haven't said anything of the sort. In response, Union Minister Vijay Goel told Rajya Sabha, "the Government does not subscribe to views expressed by Hegde".

Describing the Constitution as the Ramayana and the Gita of democracy, Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party accused the Minister of disrespecting Dr. Ambedkar.

In the aftermath of Hegde's statement, Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha protested on Wednesday, saying that Hegde insulted Dr B R Ambedkar the chief architect of the constitution. There can be no question on it.

He said: "Those who, without knowing about their parental blood, call themselves secular, they don't have their own identity..." They don't know about their parentage, but they are intellectuals.

Opposition parties took strong objection to Hegde's remarks on amending the Constitution and said such a person should have no place in the council of ministers. He added "Danamma is also a Hindu so why the BJP is silent on this case while they claim of fighting for the safety of Hindus?, they actually want to change the constitution to keep the lower class people sidelined under their dictatorship".

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