February 20, 2014 1:08:39 am
Accusing the BJP of “colluding” with the Congress in getting the Telangana Bill passed in the Lok Sabha, the CPM on Wednesday said the Bill was passed by “violating all norms and procedures.”
In a statement issued by the party politburo, the CPM said, “The way the UPA government conducted itself in the matter poses a threat to democracy and the federal principle.”
Emphasising that the Bill was passed in an “undemocratic way violating all norms and procedures”, the party said, “No debate took place on the Bill and it was adopted in the din by a voice vote. The demand for a discussion made by some opposition parties was denied.”
The party lashed out at the BJP as well. “All this was done in collusion with the BJP. As the main opposition party, even though it is in favour of bifurcation, it was the BJP’s elementary responsibility to demand that a proper debate takes place on the Bill.
However, it chose to go along with the Congress’s violation of all parliamentary norms,” the statement said.
The party also alleged the switching off of live telecast of house proceedings was “a surreptitious move to prevent the people from seeing the undemocratic spectacle”.
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