New Delhi: With his Congress party leading a massive protest over the suspension of its members by Lok Sabha Speaker yesterday, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh too joined the agitation on Tuesday, saying the move was against the tradition of Parliament.
Speaking to reporters, Dr Singh said, “Suspension of 25 Congress MPs is not a way of resolving an issue. It is the responsibility of the government to respond to the concerns being raised by us for so long now.”
“We are fully justified in demanding the resignation of the three ministers – Sushma Swaraj, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Pankaja Munde,” he added.
His reactions came shortly after Congress leaders, led by party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, assembled at the Gandhi statue inside the Parliament today to protest the suspension of 25 MPs.
Besides Dr Manmohan Singh, former defence minister AK Antony, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma also took part in the protest sporting black bands.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), which was earlier slated to take part in the protests, refrained from participating in the demonstration.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan yesterday suspended 25 Congress MPs over disruption of parliamentary proceedings under ruling 374 (A), leading to outrage from various quarters.