The Congress party on Wednesday demanded the removal of Anant Kumar Hegde, who’s a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, for saying that his party was ‘here to change the constitution.’
Speaking to reporters, senior Congress leader and the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha,, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said, “A minister, who doesn’t believe in the constitution, should he be in the cabinet? It is the basic question. The minister must come to the House and tender an apology to the House and the nation. If he doesn’t he should be suspended from the cabinet.”
Union Minister of State for Employment and Skill Development Anant Kumar Hegde had triggered a fresh controversy stating that his party, the BJP, was ‘here to change the Constitution.’
Speaking at the function organised by the Brahmana Yuva Parishat and women’s organisation at Kukkanur in Yelburga taluk of Koppal district, Hegde said, “Those claiming to be secular and progressive do not have an identity of their parents and their blood. One will get self-respect through such identity.”
Taking exception to Hegde’s statement, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde is uncultured. He doesn’t know parliamentary or politically-correct language. He is unaware of the country’s social systems, and has no respect for the Constitution.”
Addressing a Congress rally in Hubli on Monday, Siddaramaiah said that it was impossible to turn a secular country into a Hindu Rashtra.