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Congress parliamentarians led by party president Rahul Gandhi stage a demonstration. Also seen party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge. (Photo: IANS)

Rahul with all Congress MPs leads protest outside the Parliament over Hegde’s “amend the Constitution” remarks demanding resignation ….reports Asian Lite News

Congress parliamentarians led by party president Rahul Gandhi stage a demonstration. Also seen party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge. (Photo: IANS)

Congress President Rahul Gandhi led a protest in the Parliament over Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde’s “amend the Constitution” remarks as the party said “there is a systematic sinister attack on the Constitution, its ethos and the value system by BJP and RSS”.

All Congress MPs joined Gandhi in the protest over Hegde’s remark.

“The Congress Party’s protest was on a systematic sinister attack on the Constitution, Constitutional ethos and the value system

“..as also an attack on the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden sections of the populace that is being systematically engineered by BJP, RSS and their ministers,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewal.

Surjewala said the statement of the Minister should not be treated as an isolated instance.

“None less than RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had advocated abolition of reservation. The Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe sub-plan which is part of the ‘Jadav Committee’ has been abolished by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.

“The backlog of Scheduled Caste vacancies is at 93 per cent high, the recruitment of members of SC, OBCs and STs in the government jobs has gone down by 80 per cent. The Scheduled Caste schemes have been drastically reduced by over a 100 per cent,” he added.

Surjewala also said the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden are being diluted and the ultimate dilution being the attack on the reservation.

“Congress was protesting against the same. Many other political parties joined us inside the Parliament yesterday.

“We will carry all opposition parties, every individual and every political group who believes that the ethos of the Constitution and the rights of the oppressed classes cannot be compromised,” said Surjewala.

Union MoS Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anant Kumar Hegde tendered an apology in Parliament on his controversial statement(Photo: IANS)

However, Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde tendered an apology in the Lok Sabha for his statement on changing the Constitution, even as he maintained that his comments were “put out of context”.

Soon after the House met, Hegde said: “I deeply respect the Constitution, Parliament and Babasaheb Ambedkar. The Constitution is supreme for me, there can be no question on it, as a citizen I can never go against it.”

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, however, said that Hegde had spoken against Ambedkar.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan then urged the member to apologise. “Sometimes in life we feel what we have said is right, but others may still get hurt,” she said.

Hegde then extended an apology and said: “My words have been twisted and presented, I never said all this… But if someone was hurt, I apologise to those members.”

The Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at a function in Kukanur in Karnataka on Monday urged people to “claim with pride that they are Muslim, Christian, Lingayat, Brahmin, or a Hindu”.

He said: “Those who, without knowing about their parental blood, call themselves secular, they don’t have their own identity…They don’t know about their parentage, but they are intellectuals.

“Some people say the Constitution says secular and you must accept it. We will respect the Constitution, but the Constitution has changed several times and it will change in the future too. We are here to change the Constitution and we’ll change it soon.”

The comments led to disruptions in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Wednesday when Parliament met after a four-day-long break.