New Delhi: Seeking to end the controversy that erupted over his remarks union minister Anant kumar Hegde tendered an apology in the Lok Sabha after a nudge by the Speaker but he said his speech at a function in Karnataka was distorted.
Hegde first said that he held the country, the Constitution and its architect B R Ambedkar in high esteem and there was no question of showing disrespect to them.”As a citizen, I can’t think of violating the Constitution,” he said.
After this, the Congress, led by Kharge, again protested demanding an apology from Hegde.
As soon as the House assembled, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge sought to raise the issue of Hegde’s controversial remarks on secularism and changing the Constitution, but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan prevented him saying the Minister of State for Skill Development would make a statement.
With Mahajan’s nudge, Hegde said his speech was presented in a distorted manner which was not correct. “If someone is hurt, I have no hesitation to tender my apology,” he said.
The proceedings of both House of Parliament were disrupted on Wednesday over Hegde’s remarks.