Venting out his ire against the "seculars" at a public function in Koppal district on Sunday, Hegde said, "Seculars do not know what their blood is". He doesn't know parliamentary or politically-correct language. "But I don't know what to call those who claim themselves to be secular".
"My words have been twisted and presented, I never said all this... Will the two ministers change the Constitution to ban such marriages or shoot the couple?" senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said in tweets.
Yesterday after a prolonged impasse, the Rajya Sabha had passed two important bills after the government and opposition reached an understanding on Prime Ministers Narendra Modi remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
Moreover, Supreme Court's Keshavananda Bharati judgment of 1973 - which came at a time when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi also seemed hell-bent on transforming the Constitution - underlined that the amending power of Parliament did not extend to tampering with Constitution's "basic structure". The House was adjourned again little after noon till 2 pm.
Having called a truce on one front, the rivals opened another over Hegde's controversial remarks on secularism and the Constitution that could keep the cauldron on the boil over the next few days. We are committed to it and secularism.
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The issue is said to have come up at the party's core committee meeting held at the home of state party chief, B.S. Yeddyurappa on Tuesday. "Taking a dig at secularists, he said although they "cannot recognise their own parents", they pose as intellectuals". You (Congress) did not allow Baba Saheb Ambedkar to contest polls.
He said the entire Opposition is of the view, which they have expressed before the Chairman, that the Minister concerned should apologise.
He had also reportedly said "we are here to change the Constitution and we'll change it".
Well, Hegde who has been a five time member of the lower house in parliament, from north Karnataka, became a part of the saffron party's council of ministers during the August reshuffle.
There was no word yet on the BJP pulling up its minister or distancing itself from his remarks.