Opposition did black protest on Rahul Gandhi’s MP, Sonia Gandhi also appeared in black clothes, Kharge attacked the government
New Delhi. MPs from the Congress and several other opposition parties on Monday protested against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from the Lok Sabha and demanded the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) in the matter related to the Adani Group. MPs of Congress and some other allies wore black clothes to protest against the action taken against Rahul Gandhi. The opposition leaders first staged a sit-in in the Parliament complex and then took out a march till Vijay Chowk.
At the same time, Congress parliamentary party chief Sonia Gandhi, party president Mallikarjun Kharge, several Congress MPs, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) KTR Balu, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RCP) leaders in this dharna given in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament House complex. NK Premachandran and some other leaders attended. All Congress MPs, DMK’s Baalu, RSP’s Premchandran and some other opposition MPs were also dressed in black.
Opposition took out a march with the banner of ‘Satyamev Jayate’
After protesting in the Parliament premises, the opposition MPs took out a march till Vijay Chowk. He was carrying a big banner in his hands on which ‘Satyamev Jayate’ was written. During this, the opposition MPs also raised slogans against the government.
Trinamool Congress MP Prasun Banerjee also participated in the opposition march. He also participated in the meeting of 18 opposition parties. Trinamool Congress has participated in any meeting and demonstration of opposition parties called by Congress after a long time.
Kharge attacked the government
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress President Kharge thanked the opposition parties for supporting the protest against the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi. He told reporters at Vijay Chowk, ‘We have come wearing black clothes because we want to show that Modi ji is destroying democracy in the country. First autonomous institutions were abolished and then governments were formed everywhere by intimidation and then those who do not bow down, an attempt was made to intimidate them using ED and CBI and now this attempt is being made.
Kharge claimed that Rahul Gandhi was disqualified because the government was scared of the questions raised by him on the Adani case and saw him as a challenger after the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. He said, ‘Rahul Gandhiji had asked some questions in Parliament regarding Adani, to which no answer was received.’
Kharge said, ‘All parties are demanding that a JPC be formed. If JPC is formed then everything will come out… Why is the government scared of JPC? You have the majority (of the government). He taunted and said, ‘You are scared because there is something black in the lentils. Those who are afraid, do they die sometime or the other?’
Congress President Kharge said – Opposition parties will not bow down
The Congress President said, ‘He was sentenced to two years in the defamation case. This is a black day for democracy. He alleged that the government got Rahul Gandhi disqualified by speaking to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha so that he could not talk about Adani in the House. He said, ‘This is to scare Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi will not be afraid. Opposition parties will not bow down, will not suppress and will not be afraid.
Earlier, the opposition leaders met and discussed the strategy ahead. Apart from Kharge, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, DMK’s TR Balu, leaders of Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress and several other parties attended the meeting held in the chamber of Parliament House of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
Congress Lok Sabha members Manish Tiwari and Manickam Tagore had given an adjournment notice to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla over the appointment of Rahul Gandhi to the commission. He said that this decision taken in haste is not in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.
On the other hand, in the Rajya Sabha, Congress member Syed Nasir Hussain and some other members gave adjournment notices demanding the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) in the case of Adani Group.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, representing Kerala’s Wayanad parliamentary seat, was on Friday disqualified from the Lok Sabha in view of his conviction by a Surat court in a 2019 defamation case.
Significantly, a Surat court on Thursday convicted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case filed in 2019 and sentenced him to two years imprisonment for his remarks related to ‘Modi surname’.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 27, 2023, 13:40 IST