Turkish far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on Oct. 31 threw his support behind his party’s Deputy Parliament Speaker, Celal Adan, who swore at pro-Kurdish Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party (HEDEP) deputy Sırrı Sakık.
Speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting, Bahçeli said Adan who responded “courageously to a separatist who made a treacherous speech at the Parliament is not alone.”
“Attacks, calls for resignation and insults are null and void,” the 75-year-old leader said, supporting profanity at the Grand National Assembly.
“Those who come to the parliamentary rostrum and show courage should come to their senses, otherwise I will bring them to their senses. There is no place called Kurdistan within the borders of the Republic of Turkey. The scoundrels who say there is will find the great Turkish nation and its lover, the Nationalist Movement Party confronting them,” Bahçeli added.
In his speech at a general assembly on Oct. 27, Sakık said both Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used the remark of “Kurdistan,” adding that Atatürk was saying “Kurdistan” while calling Kurdish deputies at the time. In response, Adan said there was no Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Atatürk's time, arguing that deputies “(who support the PKK) would not leave this Parliament alive when Mustafa Kemal established the state.”
Then, Sakık said “It is of no use to anyone to take what I said and identify it with the PKK.”
Thinking that the microphone was turned off, Adan said “pimps” after Sakık spoke.
The HEDEP calls for Adan’s resignation since then.