With the debate over ‘nationalism’ raging, the Congress upped the ante on Friday, demanding that certain "derogatory remarks" by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Anurag Thakur be expunged from Lok Sabha records. Thakur had made those remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, allegedly calling them "anti-national".
On Friday, soon after the Question Hour ended, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, put forward the demand, saying "How can a member of this house be anti-national?" "The remarks made against Congress leaders were derogatory and should have been expunged like the speaker expunged the references made in speech by Jyotiraditya Scindhia to the RSS, (Delhi BJP legislator) OP Sharma and Nathuram Godse," Kharge added.
On Thursday, the Lok Sabha secretariat had released a list of words expunged from the discussion over the JNU row and the issue of the suicide of a Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.
However, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy objected to the Congress demand and said it’s the discretion of the Lok Sabha Speaker to decide which reference should be expunged.