Recall Goel from Rio, Cong MPs ask PM

New Delhi: Amid controversy surrounding Sports Minister Vijay Goel during his visit Rio Olympics, Congress members today asked the Prime Minister to "recall" him from Brazil as the prestige of the nation was involved.

During the Zero Hour, Pratap Singh Bajwa of Congress said since last evening, all national TV channel were showing the "conduct" of a minister, apparently referring to Union Sports Minister Goel. Goel has gone to Brazil in connection with the ongoing Olympics.

Bajwa wanted to raise the issue as a 'point of order', but Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said "that is an allegation and not a point of order".

Bajwa who was being supported by other Congress members said the issue involves "the prestige of nation". He alleged that the organisers have termed it as "a shameful conduct of the Sports Minister".

"We request the Prime Minister to recall him. It is the prestige of nation which is involved," he said.

Satyavrat Chaturvedi of Congress also started saying something on the issue but could not be heard in the din as several other members too were speaking then.