"The PM Cares Fund is a constitutionally set up public charitable trust. PM National Relief Fund was set up only for the benefits of one family -- Nehru-Gandhi family," he said.
The Congress immediately strongly protested Thakur's remarks, leading to Speaker Om Birla adjourning the house.
When the House convened at 6 pm after the adjournments, Thakur said, "I had no intention of hurting anyone but if someone has been hurt, I express my anguish."
Praising members for their extraordinary efforts during this difficult time, the Speaker said the whole world will hail India, which is the largest democracy, for running Parliament
in the interest of people in such a situation.
"If anyone thinks that the Chair has hurt someone, I would like to say that it may be unintentional. For me every member is equal and protecting every member is my duty," Birla said.
"If I say anything to anyone, the intention is not to hurt anyone but to run this House smoothly. If someone has been hurt in that process, I personally seek apology from him or her," he added.
Defence Minister and Deputy Leader of the House Rajnath Singh praised the Speaker for running the House smoothly.
"The way you handled today's stalemate is praiseworthy," Singh said.
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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