Congress party led by President Sonia Gandhi is all geared up to protest inside and outside the Parliament today. This comes after Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended six MPs.
President Sonia Gandhi will be protesting with other party members near Gandhi statue in the Parliament around 10:30am, after the Congress Parliamentary Party meet in party office.
“Our MPs were just protesting as we were not allowed to raise mob lynching issue in the house. But Speaker madam without listening to our side of story announced such harsh punishment. We will protest inside and outside Parliament,” Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan for their improper behaviour in the Parliament.
Congress MPs were demanding a debate on mob lynching in the lower house. They tore official papers and threw it towards the Chair, prompting members of the treasury benches to shout “shame, shame”.
Sumitra Mahajan said that all this happened depsite her allowing Mallikarjun Kharge and few other members to speak. When they misbehaved the speaker suspended them from the house for 5 days.
“We were raising an issue that impacts us all. If talking about mob lynching and atrocities against Dalits, minorities will lead to suspension then we are ready to get suspended again and again,” said Congress MP Ranjit Ranjan.
Meanwhile, Congress party’s youth wing workers are planning to tie a black cloth around their mouth staging a silent march upto the Parliament.
Even last year 25 Congress MPs were suspended by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan from the house for five days.
19 Feb 2019
20 Feb 2019