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New Delhi:  BJP parliamentarian Kirit Somaiya on Thursday gave a privilege notice over a protest by Indian Youth Congress (IYC) activists at the residence of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan here.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu dubbed Wednesday’s protest “an assault on democracy” while Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Arjun Ram Meghwal said it was “murder of democracy”.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Somaiya said a demonstration was held against the Lok Sabha Speaker at her residence and added that there was even a threat to burn her effigy.

He urged the Speaker to accept his notice of privilege. Several BJP members associated themselves with Somaiya’s notice.

Expressing concern, Naidu asked why the IYC members went to the Speaker’s residence.

“It is nothing but threatening. It is a very serious issue. It is an assault on parliamentary democracy. It has to be taken seriously,” the union minister said.

“You can disagree, but attributing motives, going to the house, (talking about) burning effigy,” Naidu said urging the Speaker to accept the privilege notice.

IYC members had on Wednesday staged a protest outside the Speaker’s official residence here over the suspension of 25 Congress MPs by her on August 3.

The Congress parliamentarians were suspended for five days for “wilfully obstructing the business of the house” and not listening to her repeated requests to observe the rules in the house.

IYC president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring dubbed the suspensions an “insult to democracy”.

The Congress has been boycotting the proceedings of the Lok Sabha over the suspension of its 25 MPs. Members of several other opposition parties have also joined the Congress in its protest.

(IANS)

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Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue

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BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.

Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.

“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.

Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”

The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.

Amit Shah
BJP President Amit Shah.

Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.

The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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“The BJP wants the Ram Temple should be built at the same place in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. Our stand is clear. There is no confusion.”

Asking opposition parties not to create obstacles in the construction of Ram temple, he told them to clear their stand on the issue. (IANS)