first_imgSubramanian Swamy, who triggered huge protests from the Congress on Wednesday over his attempts to drag Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal row, today again made some controversial remarks in the Rajya Sabha which were immediately expunged and the BJP leader warned for “unnecessarily provoking” the opposition members. Expunging Swamy’s reference to the Constitution of another country that triggered vociferous protests from the Congress members, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien also ordered the media not to report the remarks. Trouble broke out during the Zero Hour after Chaudhary Munavver Saleem of the Samajwadi Party referred to Swamy being part of the movement in 1970s to protect the minority status of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Swamy got up to clarify, saying he had no objection to minority education institutions, but the Constitution prohibits the state from financing them. He was countered on this by the opposition to which he responded by dragging the name of another country, a reference that led to agitated Congress members rushing into the well of the House. Kurien said he was expunging the reference to the Constitution of another country but that did not satisfy the Congress members who continued to shout slogans against Swamy. The BJP MP, who took oath only on Monday, insisted that since his name has been taken by another member, he has a right to reply and again went on to refer to the country, drawing sharp rebuke from the Chair. “I will take action against you. Subramanian Swamy you are unnecessarily provoking. I will have to take action against you… you are provoking,” Kurien said. Observing that what Swamy said would not go on record, he said, “What has been expunged should not be reported by media.” The Congress members sought action against Swamy with Jairam Ramesh saying he was “needling and provoking” by bringing in reference to another country. “This is deliberate,” he said. With Congress members continuing to protest, Kurien asked them to return to their seats and said it was a deliberate attempt to subvert the Zero Hour. Asked by the Chair what the problem was when the remarkshave been expunged, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “The problem is the new gift of the BJP. Problem is not on this side.” Azad said Swamy is just two days old in the House and his remarks have already been expunged twice. “There are 365 days in a year, how many times are you going to expunge his words?” he asked the Chair. Azad said Swamy does not know the difference between street language and parliamentary words. “He does not allow his hair to grey, so he can learn and mature.”advertisementAlso ReadOn Day 1, Swamy sets Rajya Sabha on fire Congress braces itself for a slugfest as Subramanian Swamy enters the limelightlast_img read more