A Congress MP from Gujarat,Prabha Kishore Taviad,alleged on Wednesday that she was manhandled by the state administration during the Gujarat Divas celebrations at Dahod on Tuesday.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha,Congress MP Girija Vyas said: The police dragged her to a jeep as soon as she ventured out of her house for Gujarat Divas celebrations and was mistreated by them…she suffered bruises on her arms.
Non-NDA MPs slammed the Gujarat government and demanded stern action. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi,Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram were seen confabulating with each other,after which Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal requested the Chair to refer the issue to the privileges committee.
Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj tried to pacify the members. This is a serious issue,I will talk to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and get back to the House, she said.
But CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta intervened: This is not a matter between Leader of Opposition and the CM. It is total violation of fundamental rights of an MP. The Centre must ask the state government to explain and then inform the House.
The police cannot do anything without the blessings of the CM. This is a criminal act,why only a breach of privilege, said Lalu Prasad.
The Chair,however,moved to the next issue,pointing out that the Speaker was already seized of a notice for breach of privilege and would take a decision.
However,the MPs appeared unanimous when SPs Shailendra Kumar demanded action under the rules of parliamentary privilege against people making alleged derogatory references against MPs,although he did not name Ramdev,who was reported to have called MPs dacoits and murderers on Tuesday.
Earlier,BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi sought to corner the government on the issue of alleged violation of human and cultural rights of Hindus in Pakistan. Hindus are leaving that country because of this religious persecution. This amounts to a genocide of cultural rights, Joshi said,demanding a reply from the government.
After consultations with Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister,government will make a statement, Home Minister P Chidambaram told the House.