Updated December 18th, 2023 at 12:10 IST
Opposition protests against suspension at Parliament, demands Amit Shah’s statement
In a major security breach, two men Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery on December 13.
New Delhi: As Opposition leaders staged a protest at the Parliament over suspension of 14 MPs, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge demanded Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement regarding the security breach which happened on December 13. Suspended leaders from the INDI alliance staged a protest near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament.
"INDIA parties demand that Shri Amit Shah should give a statement in the Parliament and then it should be discussed in both the houses. It is our duty to raise our voice on this serious issue of national security, it is our parliamentary duty," said Mallikarjun Kharge.
While Derek O'Brien of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was suspended from the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, 13 opposition MPs, including nine from the Congress and the DMK's Kanimozhi, were suspended from the Lok Sabha.
Congress says attackers might have carried weapons
Opposing the suspension of MPs, Congress leader and Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta said that public representatives are elected by the people and sent to Parliament or Assembly to speak as per their expectations. "It is the right of every elected public representative (to ask questions). If they have been elected by the people and sent to Parliament or Assembly, they speak as per the expectations of the people," Gupta said.
"What happened yesterday is highly condemnable. They did not have weapons. If they had weapons, God knows how many people would have died. This is a major failure and the Government and security agencies should have a review over this. We had seen a catastrophic attack on the Parliament in 2001 which we remember even today," Gupta added.
Suspension to hide failure
Janata Dal (United) MP Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh said that the MPs were suspended from the House just to hide the government's failures.
"The suspensions have been done for the government to hide its failures. They want to scare the Opposition. You can't govern by creating fear. If Opposition MPs were demanding a statement from the Home Minister regarding yesterday's security failure, then what was wrong with it? The Home Minister should come and make a statement...,"
In a major security breach, two men Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery carrying canisters releasing yellow smoke on Wednesday, December 13- the anniversary of 2001 Parliament attack. While they were detained from the Parliament’s premises along with Neelam, Jha fled the spot.
Published December 15th, 2023 at 15:44 IST