BJP likely to move privilege notice in Haryana against Dadlani, Poonawala

New Delhi : Haryana’s ruling BJP is likely to move privilege motion in the state assembly against singer Vishal Dadlani, who is being criticised for his controversial remarks against Digambar Jain community monk Tarun Sagar, sources said.

A senior BJP leader told IANS on the conditions of anonymity that such a notice is also likely to be moved against Congress supporter Tehseen Poonawala, who has also made derogatory remarks against Tarun Sagar.

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“The decision in regard to the address to the assembly of Jain monk was unanimous and was taken in a meeting of the business advisory committee of the assembly,” the BJP leader said.

“The remarks made by Dadlani and Poonawala are not only derogatory but also amounts to be of privilege of the assembly as it was a unanimous decision regarding his address to the assembly,” he added.

He also said that there was nothing new in such an address in the assembly by a religious leader.

“Many of the state assemblies have invited such dignitaries to address their assemblies,” the BJP leader said.

The BJP has already condemned the comments as “indecent, undignified and petty”.

Tarun Sagar, a Digambar Jain community monk, addressed the Haryana assembly on Friday.

A day later, Dadlani called Tarun Sagar’s speech as “monkery”. He later deleted his comment but came under widespread attack from members of the Jain community.

However, Dadlani on Sunday announced he quit the AAP after offending the Jain community.

Poonawalla, in a tweet, had said: “Why is this ‘naked’ man ‘holy’ even if he walks ‘nude’ in the state assembly while a woman would be termed slut (sic)”.