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New Delhi: The voice of the opposition is “being suppressed in parliament”, said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as the party continued its protest for the third day on Thursday over the suspension of 25 of its MPs by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

credits: Indiatoday
credits: Indiatoday

Senior leaders including party president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh held a protest near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the parliament complex.

The protestors wore black bands on their arms.

“Voice of the opposition is being suppressed in parliament,” Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi told reporters.

The Congress members continued to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his inaction against the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP Chief Ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan for their involvement in the Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam recruitment scam.

Shouting anti-government slogans, the members maintained that they will continue to protest against the suspension of their colleagues till top BJP leaders involved in the controversy resign.

The Janata Dal-United and Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders also participated in the protest.

JD-U President Sharad Yadav urged the Lok Sabha speaker to revoke the suspension of the Congress MPs.

“The speaker’s decision has created a tension between the government and the opposition,” he told reporters.

On Monday, Mahajan suspended the Congress MPs for five days for “wilfully obstructing the business of the house” and not adhering to her repeated requests to observe the rules in the house.

(IANS)

 

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Parliament Gets Adjourned As A sign Of Respect (Wikimedia Commons)

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)