New Delhi: The Congress party on Tuesday took the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party head-on a day after 25 of its Lok Sabha MPs were suspended by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for five days for obstructing the proceedings of the House.
“Democracy is being murdered,” cried Congress president Sonia Gandhi after leading a protest of party MPs inside the Parliament complex.
“It is the duty of the government to run Parliament,” Sonia said further, adding, “the way our MPs have been suspended, it is anti-democratic”.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi dared the Narendra Modi government to suspend all party MPs.
“They can throw us all out of Parliament, but we will not be deterred,” Rahul told reporters after protesting against the move near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
“The manner in which our 25 MPs have been suspended, is indicative of what is happening with the rest of the nation including farmers and students,” the Congress leader stated.
“The PM has a habit of telling his 'Mann Ki Baat', but he should first listen to 'Hindustan Ki Mann Ki Baat',” Rahul added.
“Vyapam scam has destroyed the lives of 1000s. Sushma Swaraj has broken laws, Rajasthan CM is financially involved with Lalit Modi. Neither I am asking for their resignation, nor the Congress. It is the people of India who want their resignation,” said Rahul.
He stressed that “the Congress would not let pressure subside on the government, even if it decides to throw us all out of Parliament”.
Congress members from both Houses, led by Sonia and Rahul, are wearing black bands today to protest the suspension of 25 MPs of the party.
The Congress members, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, and former union ministers Ghulam nabi Azad, Jairam Ramesh and Ambika Soni, wore black bands on their arms and protested in front the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament complex.
"Many parties like the Trinamool Congress, Left and the Aam Aadmi Party have pledged their support to us and said they will boycott Lok Sabha proceeding," Kharge said.