Uproar in Rajya Sabha after MP Naresh Agrawal's comment on gods

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He said the names of some Hindu deities linked to some types of alcohol were written on the wall of the school.

On Thursday afternoon, about two dozen members of BJP's youth wing marched at Agarwal's Tughlak Land bungalow and shouted slogans against him and the Samajwadi Party.

Agarwal also apologised for the comments that linked Hinduism and alcohol.

Agrawal's comments created uproar in Parliament forcing adjournments with allegations that the SP leader insulted Lord Ram. Kurien, who missed the remarks as he was busy speaking to a member, verified the records and expunged the comment. You have not realised the gravity of what you have said.

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Congress leader Anand Sharma and TMC leader Derek O'Brien too said it should be ensured that these comments do not surface on the social media and passions are not inflamed. Ram Gopal Verma pointed out referring to an incident that a Union Minister had made a remark about a Hindu goddess during a debate on the agitation in Jawaharlal Nehru University but he was not asked for an apology then why should Naresh apologise for making any statement like this? He also said that such actions were a breach of the parliamentarians' privilege. Parliamentary affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who spoke on behalf of BJP, said the opposition was raking up the issue as it has not found any case of corruption or any weak point against the Modi government in the last three years. "He has insulted a community", This followed loud chants of "maafi maango", "maafi maango". He further said, "It is a punishment imposed on an MP for some crime.This can not be done". "Naresh Agrawal has said something offensive. It is my appeal that let the House function", Yechury said.

Kurien later met members from the ruling and opposition parties in his chamber, following which Agrawal expressed regret for his comments.

Following Kurien's meeting with the members in his chamber, Agrawal said, "If someone has been hurt, I express my regret".

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