Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Samajwadi Party MP's linking of Hindu gods to alcohol

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 16:51 hrs
Naresh Agarwal

New Delhi: There was uproar in the Rajya Sabha after a comment by Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal linking Hindu gods to alcohol.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 4 pm and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked Agarwal to apologise over his statement.

Later, the MP apologised for his comment and withdrew his remarks.

During the third day of the Monsoon Session, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had demanded a pay hike for the members of Parliament, citing that the state MLAs are paid more than them.

"We are not begging. State MLAs get more salary than us. Why can't MPs ask for salary hikes if judges can? We have demanded what we deserve under the 7th Pay Commission," Agarwal said.

He added that their salaries are lesser than their secretaries.

"We want an answer from the Government," he asserted

Tamil Nadu MLAs have given themselves a generous hike of Rs. 50,000, taking their monthly salaries to Rs. 1.05 lakh.

Apart from the salary hike, the pension of the MLAs has gone up from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. 20,000, while the local area development fund to develop the respective constituencies was increased from Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 2.6 crore.

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