The first meeting of Lok Sabha's Privileges Committee is scheduled for October 10 to address complaints raised by Members of Parliament regarding a heated altercation involving Bharatiya Janata Party's Ramesh Bidhuri and Bahujan Samaj Party's Danish Ali.
Oral evidence of Ramesh Bidhuri, MP, in respect of complaints received from various Members of Parliament against him and Kunwar Danish Ali, MP, for alleged improper conduct during the discussion on 'Chandrayaan-3 Mission' in the House," the agenda of the meeting read.
The issue polarised political parties as a number of opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha wrote to Speaker Om Birla seeking action against Bidhuri, while several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members accused Ali of making disparaging comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his "running commentary" when Bidhuri, the MP from South Delhi, was speaking.
BJP MPs, including Nishikant Dubey, have criticised Bidhuri's derogatory comments but also accused Ali of instigating Bidhuri.
The speaker had sent all the complaints he had received from the MPs to the Privileges Committee headed by BJP member Sunil Kumar Singh.
During a recently-concluded special parliamentary session, the BJP MP, Ramesh Bidhuri, made derogatory remarks, including terms such as "Muslim ugrawadi" (Muslim terrorist), "Bharwa" (pimp), and "katwa" (circumcised), directed at Danish Ali. The BJP has also issued a show-cause notice to Bidhuri in response to his comments.
BSP MP Danish Ali requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to publicly condemn Bidhuri's behaviour and ensure that the BJP MP faces "appropriate consequences." In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Ali also requested enhanced security measures due to an "increase in threats" against him. He views the recent incident during the special parliamentary session not only as a personal attack but also as an assault on the fundamental principles of democracy itself.