Agitating against the suspension of MPs, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and leaders of six opposition parties staged a dharna within the Parliament complex.
Dharmendra Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi of the JD-U, Jaya, P Karunakaran of the CPI-M, Prakash Narayan Yadav of the RJD D Raja of the CPI and E Ahamed of the IUML were among other political party leaders who participated in the protests.
Denouncing the PM Modi dispensation, the Congress leaders raised slogans with other protestors. “End dictatorship”, “Prime Minister break silence” “Where the “Achhe din” have gone”, “Sushma Swaraj resign”, were the slogans raised by the protestors who also carried black flags.
Sonia Gandhi said the protest will continue tomorrow. The Congress chief, earlier on Tuesday, termed the move of suspending the MPs as “ Murder of Democracy”. She asserted that she was not aware of any proposal from the government to end the logjam or for revocation of the suspension of the 25 Congress MPs.
Rahul Gandhi said, “We have not liked the LS Speaker’s decision on suspension of Cong MPs but we respect her position”. Jyotiraditya Scindia said suspended MPs will not seek an apology from Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who, he alleged, had acted “partially” against only Congress Members.
He further claims that around 200 members of the rulling- BJP had raised placards in the current session itself, but not a single of them was suspended. “Where is the question of apology? What wrong has been done? Carrying placards has been going on for the past 65 years”, he added.