Government doesn't agree with Hedge's remarks, ministers say in Parliament

In a remark made earlier, Hegde noted that he respects the Constitution but "it will be changed in the days to come". Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 27, 2017, 09.46 AM (IST)

As Anant Kumar Hegde's comment on the Constitution continues to garner condemnation, the government now seems to distance itself from the controversy stating that the BJP doesn't support or subscribe to Hegde's views.

Union minister Vijay Goel shared the same with the Upper House of the Parliament today stating that, "we are committed to the Constitution. We do not agree with the Minister's remarks." 

Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman also talked on similar lines noting that the government is not on the same page with Hedge's remarks, she told the reporters outside Rajya Sabha. 

Both houses of Parliament today met with disruptions as the members of the Opposition parties took strong objection and condemned Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde's remarks on amending the Constitution.

The leader of Opposition and Rajya Sabha member Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded Hedge's apology and stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "should take a call on whether such a person should continue as a minister," he told the reporters.

He said opposition parties had raised the matter before Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

"Opposition parties are of the opinion that any minister who does not believe in the Constitution should have no place in the council of ministers. It is for the prime minister to take a call on him," Azad said.Meanwhile,

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Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Anant Kumar Hegde, sparked condemnation when he recently noted that Constitution "will be changed in the days to come".

"We will respect the Constitution, but the Constitution has changed several times and it will change in the future too. We are here to change the Constitution and we'll change it," Hegde noted at an event in Karnataka. 

The Opposition now seems to press for Hegde's resignation. 

Reports also suggest that Hegde subtly hinted at amending the word "secular" in the Constitution.

"Seculars do not know what their blood is. Yes, the Constitution has given that right to say 'we are secular and we will say it'. Yes, I know but the Constitution has been amended many times, we will also amend it. We have come to power for that," an ANI report quoted Hegde. 

Both the houses of Parliament were adjourned today amid uproar sparked on Hedge's remark.