Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, on Sunday, claimed that alert Parliament members in the Rajya Sabha thwarted an attempt by the Centre to remove the word "socialist" from the Preamble of the Constitution.
BJP MP K.J. Alphons had tabled a bill that sought to remove the word 'socialist' and replace it with 'equitable', after Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh granted him permission to present the bill. Alphons said the word 'socialist has political connotations historical baggage.
The BJP MP reportedly claimed that a vast number of people do not find the word acceptable.
Taking to Twitter, the RJD leader posted a video of the proceedings. "A theft to change the Constitution by the BJP government at the Centre was caught in the Parliament yesterday when they introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill to remove the word "socialist" from the Preamble of the Constitution, which is said to be its soul, but our vigilant and alert members strongly protested. This bill was returned," he said in a tweet in Hindi.
केंद्र की भाजपा सरकार द्वारा संविधान बदलने की एक चोरी कल संसद में पकड़ी गयी जब इन्होंने संविधान की प्रस्तावना जिसे इसकी आत्मा कहा जाता है उसमें से “समाजवादी” शब्द को हटाने का संविधान संशोधन विधेयक पेश किया लेकिन हमारे सजग और सतर्क सदस्यों ने कड़ा विरोध कर इस विधेयक को वापस कराया। pic.twitter.com/FxFJIhSG9D— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) December 5, 2021
The Rajya Sabha deputy chairman reserved the decision on the bill after fierce protests from opposition members.