Congress MPs, led by party chief Rahul Gandhi, Friday staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue inside Parliament premises, demanding that the Centre seeks a review of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The apex court had on Tuesday diluted its stringent provisions mandating immediate arrest under the law in a bid to protect honest public servants discharging bona fide duties from being blackmailed with false cases under the SC/ST Act.
The Congress MPs raised the slogan, “Daliton ke samman mein, Rahul Gandhi maidan mein (Rahul Gandhi stands for protection of Dalit’s rights).
Earlier, the MPs gathered at the office of the Congress Parliament Party and discussed the strategy to move forward on the issue. Sources said the party’s strategy inside Parliament was also discussed with Gandhi during the meeting.
Both Houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, have not been functioning ever since the start of the second leg of the Budget Session on March 5.
This is the third week in a row that Parliament proceedings have been disrupted and has not transacted any business. The crucial Finance Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha amid the din created by various parties.
Attempts by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to work out a solution to ensure smooth conduct of business have yielded no results.