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We stand with each one of our suspended MPs: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of protecting the guilty and said that truth could not be silenced.



Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of protecting the guilty and said that truth could not be silenced.

"The Modi government will soon understand that truth cannot be silenced. The people of India and Congress party have shown this in case of Land Bill," he said.

"Truth will not be silenced in the case of corruption scams either where the Prime Minister is protecting the guilty. We stand with each one of our suspended MPs," the Congress MP added.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today suspended 25 Congress members for five days for "persistently, willfully obstructing" the House".

The Speaker 'named' (identifying for action) the 25 Congress members who were carrying placards and shouting slogans in the Well while pressing for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over Lalit Modi row and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam.

While taking the tough action under Rule 374(A), she said the members were being suspended for "persistently, willfully obstructing the House", as per PTI.

She ruled that the 'named' members will not attend five sittings of the House. Congress has 44 members in all.

Mahajan adjourned the House immediately after. 

Her action came after several warnings and despite pleas by TMC leader Sudip Bandhyopadhyay and CPI(M) leader P Karunakaran that it would aggravate the situation.

The move came after the government approached the Speaker slamming the Opposition for obstructing the House for the past several days.

Such a major action is the first in the current Lok Sabha.  

(With PTI inputs)

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