The Lok Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned briefly following uproar by the opposition over an alleged inflammatory statement by Union Minister Ram Shankar Katheria in Agra.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned at 12.20 p.m. and the proceedings resumed at 12.30 p.m.
Katheria had on Sunday attended a condolence meeting held for VHP worker Arun Mahaur, who was shot dead in Agra on Thursday.
Beginning his speech by lamenting that "a man returning after offering his prayers" had been killed, Katheria said, "We have to make ourselves powerful. We have to launch a struggle. If we don't begin a struggle, then today we have lost an Arun, tomorrow we will lose another. Doosra jane se pehle, yeh hatyare hi chale jayen is prakar ki taqat humen dikhani hogi (Before another is lost, we must show such strength that these killers themselves disappear)."
Demanding that Mahaur's killers be hanged, Katheria added that his ministership wouldn't deter him. "The administration might think that main to mantri ho gaya, haath bandh gaye (that because I'm a minister, my hands are tied)."
Katheria represents Agra constituency in the Lok Sabha and is minister of state in the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry. BJP MP from Fatehpur Sikri, Babu Lal had also attended the condolence meeting. (With IANS inputs)