Sushma Swaraj ‘ready’, Lalitgate Debate Begins

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Sushma Swaraj say she is ready to debate.
Sushma Swaraj say she is ready to debate.

Unable to bear the furore, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the opposition that she is ready for a discussion on the controversy that has stalled proceedings in Parliament. Congress-led oppositions have been demanding her resignation for helping tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

The BJP leader appealed to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to take up Congress leader Malikarjun Kharge’s adjournment motion for discussion.

“I am ready for the discussion on the adjournment motion given by Mallikarjun Kharge in the same language as he as given without any changes,” said Swaraj.

“I would request the Speaker to start the discussion in which only the Opposition members will speak. I am ready for this but my only request is that when I speak, I be allowed to do.”

Earlier in the day, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called the protest of oppositions a “murder of democracy”. She also asked Lok Sabha TV to show live footage of the protest, to illustrate “irresponsible” opposition members so that the whole country could see their behaviour.

“The whole of India is seeing you… I am requesting Lok Sabha TV to show all of them on TV. This is not the way to behave. All of you should come on TV. But I will not adjourn the House. I am sorry… This is murder of democracy. This is not democracy. 440 members want to talk and 40 members are not letting them. Let people know how irresponsible they are. The chair has no wish of being seen on TV. Let people watch them,” Sumitra Mahajan said.

Mahajan’s angry response came as protesting members intensified their slogan-shouting in the Well and the Chair refused to adjourn the House, instead deciding to continue with the work. Many Congress members raised placards close to the Speaker’s podium, prompting Parliamentary Affairs Ministry M Venkaiah Naidu to launch an attack on the main opposition party Congress, before Mahajan too spoke against it.

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