Ad­hir tar­gets PM, Shah; BJP de­mands apol­ogy

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Ok Sabha erupted in protests from the trea­sury benches with BJP MPs de­mand­ing Congress’ Ad­hir Ran­jan Chowd­hury’s apol­ogy for his state­ment that if NRC was im­ple­mented, even PM Modi and Amit Shah would be deemed “ghu­s­paithiye” (in­fil­tra­tors).

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time,” he said, re­fer­ring to the next LS polls. Shah said na­tional mat­ters like up­root­ing ter­ror and Nax­al­ism and tem­ple con­struc­tion were as im­por­tant as lo­cal Jhark­hand is­sues.

Ra­jya Sabha chair­man M Venka­iah Naidu sug­gested that pho­to­graphs of those guilty of crimes against women should be pub­lished to in­stil fear in them. In Lok Sabha, ex­press­ing grief over the in­ci­dent, Speaker Om Birla said we con­demn such in­ci­dents “in one voice”.

Ear­lier, Ra­jya Sabha MPs across party lines con­demned the spurt in crime against women and de­manded strin­gent laws to pun­ish the guilty within a fixed time-frame. Leader of op­po­si­tion Ghu­lam Nabi Azad said so­ci­ety as a whole must tackle this prob­lem without get­ting into re­gion, re­li­gion or caste.

P Wil­son of DMK said courts should be em­pow­ered to sur­gi­cally or chem­i­cally cas­trate con­victed rapists be­fore re­lease from jails to check re­peat of­fend­ers, while Jaya Bachchan of Sa­ma­jwadi Party said such crim­i­nals should be “brought out in pub­lic and lynched”.

In Lok Sabha, con­demn­ing the crime, Apna Dal’s Anupriya Pa­tel said the in­ci­dent had brought shame to In­dia. Main­tain­ing that there should be “zero tol­er­ance” to­wards such in­ci­dents, Supriya Sule (NCP) said even men de­served se­cu­rity.

De­fence min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh said he was fall­ing short of words to con­demn

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