Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said the passage of Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha by voice vote despite her party’s demand for division is “worse than Emergency”.
Trinamool has asked for an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday to lodge its protest. Officials in Rashtrapati Bhavan said they are yet to receive a request.
“Parliamentary procedure requires that even if one MP asks for division, it should be allowed. The fact that despite our party, which has 29 MPs in the two Houses, asking for a division, and a government which is anyway in a comatose state tries to bulldoze a constitution amendment Bill is worse than Emergency, a disaster for democracy. My party has asked for time from the President to protest and to request him to ensure that such a thing should not be allowed in Rajya Sabha. The Bill effectively has not been passed because what happened was illegal,” said Banerjee.
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