Opposition leaders from 15 parties, led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, marched towards Vijay Chowk from Parliament, further intensifying the protests against the Centre over the Monsoon Session that was riddled with agitation, chaos and repeated adjournments.
With a bunch of opposition leaders standing next to him, Rahul Gandhi said, “We raised the Pegasus issue, inflation, farmers issue, but were not allowed to speak in Parliament. Today, we had to come out here to speak to you as we are not allowed to speak in Parliament. This is murder of democracy.”
“This is the first time that MPs have been attacked in Parliament. Outsiders were brought in who thrashed the MPs. Even then, they talk about the Chairman’s tears. The Chairman’s job is to make the House run,” said Rahul Gandhi.
“The voice of 60% of the country was crushed, humiliated and yesterday, was physically beaten,” said Rahul Gandhi, who launched a sharp attack on the Centre over the chaotic Parliament proceedings in the entire Monsoon Session.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut joined the Opposition attack and said, “People from outside were brought into Parliament who wore marshal clothes and attacked women MPs. This is murder of democracy every day.”
Raut further added that it felt like he was standing at the Pakistan border and not Parliament. Leaders of the Samajwadi Party were also present at the Opposition protest at Vijay Chowk on Thursday.
A scuffle broke out in Rajya Sabha between the Opposition MPs and marshals. Some women MPs of the Rajya Sabha belonging to the Congress alleged that they were manhandled by male marshals while they were protesting in the Well of the House.
NCP leader Sharad Pawar said that in his 55 years of being in Parliament, he had never seen women MPs being attacked in Rajya Sabha unlike on Wednesday.
However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi demanded stringent action against the Opposition lawmakers and said they manhandled marshals amid ruckus in the Rajya Sabha.
Joshi termed “totally false” the opposition’s allegations that marshals manhandled their MPs and said one can check facts from CCTV footage.