BHUBANESWAR: On Saturday, the first day of the monsoon session, the Odisha Assembly was rocked by controversy following remarks made by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on the Prophet Muhammad.
Leader of the Congress legislative party Narasingha Mishra brought up the matter at the zero hour, to which BJP MPs vehemently objected. The House was dismissed till 4 o'clock.
Mishra cited the Supreme Court's harsh critique of Nupur Sharma and claimed that the court had stated that it was possible the comment had been made with a "political agenda." He claimed it meant the supreme court had indirectly criticised the BJP and the union government.
"The Home Minister and Prime Minister have no business remaining in office. They should thus quit, "Mishra spoke to reporters in front of the House.
Such instances may happen in Odisha as well, as the SC stated that Sharma's comment had set the entire nation on fire. The Congress leader, therefore, urged that the Chief Minister deliver a statement outlining his position on this matter.
Following the slaying of a tailor in Udaipur, BJP deputy leader Bishnu Sethi responded to Mishra by saying the Rajasthan Congress administration has not resigned. "Congress is in power in the state where the brutal killing of a tailor happened recently. Did the Chief Minster resign after the incident?" asked Sethi.