DMK MP criticized Union Minister as “unfit”. Facing backlash, he stands by his statement.

A heated exchange took place in the Lok Sabha today during a discussion on flood aid for Tamil Nadu. DMK leader TR Baalu criticized a Union minister, calling him “unfit to be an MP or minister.” The BJP retaliated, accusing Baalu of insulting a Dalit minister and demanding an apology.

The argument began when DMK MPs A Raja and A Ganeshamurthi questioned the Centre about the steps taken to assist Tamil Nadu in rebuilding after the floods. Union Minister L Murugan, also from Tamil Nadu, interrupted and called the questions “irrelevant.”

In response, Baalu strongly criticized Murugan, stating that he lacked discipline and was unfit for his position. This sparked a strong reaction from the BJP, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal demanding Baalu to withdraw his remark and apologize. They also accused him of using an “unparliamentary” word.

Amidst the uproar, Baalu reiterated his statement, claiming that Murugan was unfit for politics. This further intensified the confrontation between BJP and DMK members.

Raja, a DMK MP, explained that their agitation stemmed from the evasive and irresponsible replies provided by the Centre regarding flood relief. He clarified that Baalu’s intention was to raise questions, but Murugan prevented him, leading to the accusation that Murugan went against Tamil Nadu’s interests.

Baalu defended his remark, stating that calling someone “unfit” was not unparliamentary. He also denied insulting Dalits, and other DMK MPs protested against the BJP’s allegation. The Tamil Nadu BJP chief criticized Baalu, calling him a “disgrace to politics” and highlighting previous instances of disgraceful remarks targeting Scheduled Caste Community members.

The situation in the Lok Sabha remains tense as both parties continue to trade barbs and slogans.

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