Congress members raised the issue in both Houses seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention and a direction to the state government to withdraw the calendar brought out by SGPC, with the government saying it did not approve the act.

In the Rajya Sabha, the matter was raised during Zero Hour by Ashwani Kumar (Congress) who said "there cannot be a more unfortunate incident in this country. Those who fought terrorists, the anniversary of their killers is being celebrated. It is a shame for the entire nation."

The issue was raised in Lok Sabha by Ravneet Singh (Congress) who asked the government to declare the calendar illegal saying it could not have been brought out without the consent of BJP which is a partner in the state government.

Terming the episode as "shameful", Kumar sought the Prime Minister's intervention saying it was his responsibility "to say we will not promote or accept any such incident."

Responding on behalf of the government, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was a "very serious" issue and neither BJP nor central government approved of it in any way.

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