In a rare move, a word was on Thursday expunged from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Rajya Sabha where he took on the opposition parties on the issue of the National Population Register (NPR). A word was also expunged from the remarks of opposition leader and veteran Congress politician Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Although not unprecedented, it is a rare occurrence when a word is expunged from a prime minister’s speech from the parliamentary recorded.
Last time when Modi’s words were removed from parliamentary records was in 2018 when he made a comment on Congress leader BK Hariprasad. A NDTV report suggests he had used wordplay with his initials, which was deemed as derogatory.
In 2013, during the UPA regime, some words were also removed from the comments of then prime minister Manmohan Singh in the Upper House. Some words were also dropped from the remarks of opposition leader Arun Jaitley who was engaged in a heated debate with Singh.