NEW DELHI: After staying belligerent for two days, Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee finally expressed regret over his offensive comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri.
The BJP MPs had threatened to bring censure motion against him, but he relented after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s plea.
“Madam (Sumitra Mahajan), you had called me in your Chamber. I must appreciate that in a very motherly attitude, you had told me everything... Since you are the custodian of this House, since you are making the statement from this Chair, to respect your Chair, if I have hurt anybody’s sentiments, I express my regret,” Banerjee said.
Earlier during the day, Banerjee has contended that issue of his speech made in his constituency, outside the Lok Sabha should not be a subject of discussion in this House. “However, I state that it was not my intention to insult the Prime Minister, nor was it my intention to disrespect our late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri ji. .”
However, his this comment had attracted sharp reactions from the treasury benches which protested that he should apologise.