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Mallikarjun Kharge Says Modi Govt Bulldozing Democracy

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 18, Dec 2023, 17:11 pm IST | UPDATED: 18, Dec 2023, 17:11 pm IST

Mallikarjun Kharge Says Modi Govt Bulldozing Democracy New Delhi: Over 30 Opposition MPs faced suspension from Lok Sabha on Monday for the remainder of the Winter Session for protesting in the chamber and demanding the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah following last week's massive security breach in Parliament.

This recent wave of suspensions follows the disciplinary action taken against 13 Opposition MPs last week. Additionally, three more MPs await suspension pending a report from the Privileges Committee. In total, 46 MPs have faced suspension, with 43 of them seeking the Home Minister's statement on the security breach.

The list of suspended MPs includes notable figures such as Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress's leader in Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi, deputy leader of the Congress in the House, and Trinamool MPs Kalyan Banerjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Saugata Ray, and Satabdi Roy. DMK members A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran are also among those facing suspension.

In response to the suspensions, Congress president and LoP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge criticized the Modi government, accusing it of bulldozing democracy. Kharge emphasized that an Opposition-less Parliament allows the government to push through legislation without proper debate, thus suppressing dissent.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury voiced concerns about the government's behaviour, labelling it as dictatorial and accusing it of treating Parliament as the BJP's headquarters. He highlighted the Opposition's willingness to cooperate and engage in discussions, expressing disappointment in the government's approach.

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi echoed similar sentiments, asserting that the BJP government is suppressing the Opposition and claiming that the Home Minister is avoiding accountability for the security breach. He declared that the protest would persist outside Lok Sabha. "The entire country can see the bulldozers that are being run in the Parliament. This is nothing but a way to suppress the opposition leaders. They are running a bulldozer over the opposition to hide the failures of Union Home Minister Amit Shah...They have not come to power with a motive to run the Parliament," Gogoi said.

In his first remarks on the Lok Sabha security breach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged the ''seriousness'' of the incident in an interview with a leading newspaper. He also called for a detailed investigation and dismissed the need for debate on the matter.

The Opposition's demand for a statement from Home Minister Amit Shah remains unmet. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh criticized the government's refusal, emphasizing the legitimate demand for the Home Minister to address the shocking incidents in both Houses.

A visibly upset Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla maintained that the responsibility for security within the House lies with the secretariat and asserted that the Centre will not be allowed to intervene in these matters.

Shocking scenes unfolded in the Lok Sabha chamber when intruders jumped from desk to desk, deploying coloured smoke. The co-accused staged a similar protest outside Parliament, citing their objective as drawing attention to Manipur violence, unemployment, and farmers' problems. Six individuals have been arrested in connection with the case, with Delhi Police invoking the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against the trespassers.