Rajnath Singh’s marathon speech in Rajya Sabha tests MPs

first_imgRajnath Singh spoke on issues such as biometric identity cards, law and order, National Counter-terrorism Centre and the NDA.Home Minister Rajnath Singh tested the patience of Rajya Sabha members when he made a marathon over two-hour-long reply to a debate on the functioning of his ministry.Singh’s long and winding speech, which touched all the issues raised by members of the House, made many lawmakers restive on Monday evening.While Congress chief whip Satyavrat Chaturvedi vowed he would never ask a question to the Home Minister, deputy Congress leader Anand Sharma requested Singh with folded hands to end his speech.Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, who is known for sitting in the chair for long hours, too asked Singh a few times how long the minister would take to wind up.The Opposition too displayed their impatience as they gestured at each other while members of the ruling BJP party chuckled at their situation.Singh, however, seemed to be in a good mood even after an eight-hour debate. He went on and replied to all issues raised by the members. He touched upon issues such as biometric identity cards, law and order, the anti-terror hub NCTC, the RSS and the NDA government.In a lighter vein, CPI-M member Sitaram Yechury described Singh’s verbal deluge as a strategy to deal with the opposition, which has been cornering the government on various issues in the Upper House.”I must congratulate the minister for his style. He has been replying to our questions for so long and now we are all tired. It’s a great tactic, I must say,” said Yechury.advertisementLeader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had a smile on his face when Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar sent a chit to him.Kurien even jokingly told Javadekar that the parliamentary affairs minister would have to provide dinner to the MPs as Singh’s reply was dragging on. “You will have to give them dinner,” he said.When Singh mentioned the traditional Hindu practice of offering milk to snakes on certain days, Yechury said, “If food is not available, give us at least milk.”The CPI-M leader even suggested the chair to take a break for an hour. During the reply, the Home Minister briefly got involved in a verbal duel with Congress member Digvijaya Singh, who said his party was opposed to the RSS’ ideology.Singh countered Digvijaya by saying that even Mahatma Gandhi had once attended an RSS camp and praised the organisation.Minutes before the Home Minister concluded his speech, Kurien asked him to send replies to the members in writing. “It’s about to end,” Singh said then.When Singh finally ended his speech, Kurien complimented him as members greeted each other. “The Home Minister was very considerate and responsive to every member. The House appreciates it,” said Kurien.last_img

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