In a show of solidarity, nine opposition parties — Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), CPI, JD(U), RJD, NCP, RSP, Muslim League and Aam Aadmi Party — have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha for the next five days to protest against the suspension of 25 Congress MPs. The Congress, which has decided to boycott the House for the rest of the week, is also talking to the Samajwadi Party in this connection.
“The Modi government will soon understand that truth cannot be silenced. The people of India, and the Congress party, have shown this in the case of the land Bill. Truth will not be silenced in the case of corruption scams either, where the Prime Minister is protecting the guilty. We stand with each of our suspended MPs,” said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
“They want to replicate the Gujarat model in Parliament. They want to suspend or dismiss the opposition member and run the House unilaterally. This is what they have been doing there. They want to replicate it here. Parliament and the people of the country will not let it happen,” said Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
Replying to a question, he said he felt the Speaker was “100 per cent” partisan. “Whatever we say, many of our words, are not recorded properly. When opposition members stood up, including a BJD member who wanted to make a point of order, the Speaker did not allow. I don’t know what type of rules are followed. I don’t want to criticise the Speaker… but we are hurt by what is going on in the House,” he said.
“This government wants to treat opposition parties like slaves. The government is behaving like a king, and wants the opposition parties to submit before it like subjects. The ruling party has forgotten that we are living in a democracy, and the role of the opposition is crucial and important,” said Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“This government wants to get the work done from the opposition parties inside Parliament, on their terms and conditions…This government is totally undermining the role of the opposition. Sometimes, we come to the conclusion that there is undeclared emergency across the country,”said Azad.
Congress MPs from both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will hold a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament on Tuesday.