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Rahul writes to Speaker to allow him to speak in LS over UK remarks

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Utkarsh Mishra
March 20, 2023 18:18 IST
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to allow him to speak in the house over his democracy remarks made in London, sources said on Monday.

IMAGE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi leaves his residence after a team of Delhi police led by Special CP (L&O) Sagar Preet Hooda met him to seek information about the 'sexual harassment' victims, who met him during Bharat Jodo Yatra, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photograph: ANI Photo

Gandhi met Birla last week after his return from the United Kingdom.

They said that Gandhi wants to speak in the Lok Sabha to clarify his remarks made in London, over which the Bharatiya Janata Party is demanding an apology from him after accusing him of insulting the country and its institutions on foreign soil.


The BJP is also accusing the Congress leader of seeking foreign intervention as 'democracy in India is under threat'.

Gandhi, on his part, has defended his statement at a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee for External Affairs and has claimed that he has never insulted the country.

He is also wanting to clarify his statement in the Lok Sabha for which he has written and sought time from the Speaker, sources said.

Gandhi has not made any public statement about his London remarks yet.

The BJP has launched a major offensive against him and has been stalling both houses of Parliament while demanding an apology from him.

Senior Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that Gandhi must tender an unconditional apology for the logjam in Parliament to end.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have failed to transact any significant business so far due to the impasse during the second part of the budget session of Parliament that started on March 13.

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