Wont apologize to opposition: Naidu


New Delhi: Opposition parties threatened to stall the Parliamentary proceeding on Thursday unless Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu apologies to the opposition for his remarks.

Naidu on Wednesday remarked that opposition is politicizing the Land ordinance and too much politics have already stalled the development process, it’s time to stop politicizing issues and perform towards the development of the nation. Naidu also said that the acts of the opposition will have negative impact on infrastructural and economic growth of the country.

Irked by Naidu’s remarks, opposition parties wrote a letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding Naidu’s apology. “The minister has every right to explain his position but does not have a right to insult others. We will not tolerate your insult,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said. Kharge also mentioned that though Naidu is a senior member he does not have the right to insult others.
Naidu on the other hand strongly refused to apologise to the opposition parties. He said that his words are not unparliamentary and he has spoken the truth. Naidu said “I had no intention to hurt anyone”.

Earlier, he had advised the Congress to “self-introspect” on its electoral and political decline. In an apparent dig at Rahul Gandhi’s leave to introspect, the Minister said if the Congress can’t do it here, then it should “go somewhere far” and do it.

Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi also said that Naidu should apologise for his remarks.