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Book Tarun Vijay for Sedition Over 'Racist' Remark: Kharge in Lok Sabha

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Lok Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes and multiple adjournments on Monday as Opposition MPs demanded an apology over BJP leader Tarun Vijay’s “racist” remarks against south Indians.

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes and multiple adjournments on Monday as Opposition MPs demanded an apology over BJP leader Tarun Vijay’s “racist” remarks against south Indians.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan denied an adjournment motion notice moved by the Congress but allowed its leader Mallikarjun Kharge to speak. Kharge then demanded an apology from the ruling BJP and said Vijay should be booked for “sedition” over the comments.

He also accused the government of backing the ideology which was “diving the country”.

The Opposition members were heard shouting, 'Modi Sarkar jawab do-jawab do (Modi government should respond)', 'Desh ka vibhajan nahin chalega (Won't allow division of country)' and 'We want FIR (against Vijay)'.

Replying to the allegations, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Vijay had apologised for his remarks. “India is a secular country. Discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, religion and colour cannot be tolerated,” he said.

Kharge, however, kept up the demand for an apology following which Akali Dal’s Prem Singh Chandumajra stood up and said the Congress was yet to apologise for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Tarun Vijay had kicked up a storm by calling south Indians “blacks” while participating in an Al Jazeera show on the recent racist attacks on African students in India.

“If we were racist, why would we have all the entire South (India) which is… you know Tamil Nadu, you know Karnataka and Andhra… why do we live with them? We have black people all around us,” Vijay said in response to Mahesh Shantaram, a Bengaluru-based photographer who said he found Indians to be racists.

Later, in a series of tweets, Vijay said he had been misquoted.