The Lok Sabha, India's lower house of parliament, was thrown into turmoil following contentious remarks made by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Member of Parliament (MP) D.N.V. Senthilkumar. During a debate on the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, Senthilkumar made divisive comments about Hindi-speaking states, which were later erased from the official record.
House Adjournment and Demand for Apology
The subsequent uproar led to at least one adjournment of the House. Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Pralhad Joshi called for an apology from T.R. Baalu, the DMK leader in the Lok Sabha, for Senthilkumar's words. Amidst the chaos, Speaker Om Birla temporarily halted proceedings.
DMK's Response and Public Apology
When the House resumed, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal sought clarification from Baalu and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi regarding their positions on the contentious remarks. Baalu conceded the inappropriateness of the comments, underlining that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had chastised Senthilkumar. Following this, Senthilkumar issued a public apology, stating his remarks were unintentional and withdrew them if they had caused any offense.
Union Ministers Condemn Congress
Despite the apology, Union Ministers Anurag Thakur and Rajeev Chandrasekhar held press conferences condemning the Congress for allegedly promoting a divisive agenda. They accused the Congress of undermining national unity and fostering regionalism. Chandrasekhar went further by criticizing Telangana's Chief Minister-designate, Revanth Reddy, for making inflammatory comments about the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) leader K. Chandrashekar Rao's origins, which he believed was indicative of the Congress party's divisive politics.