The Congress continued with its protest in Lok Sabha over the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, with the party protesting the Speaker’s decision not to allow them to raise the matter.
Protesting for the fourth straight day, Congress MPs trooped into the Well during the Question Hour and raised slogans, even as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan went ahead with the proceedings.
Little over 30 minutes into the Question Hour, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said his party was not being given the chance to raise the issue, but Speaker Mahajan disallowed any discussion over it saying it was something that was raised at a public meeting and this was an elected House.
“What is the meaning of being an MP? This government doesn’t want to listen (to) us, this government doesn’t want to listen to the people’s voice,” Scindia said.
He also took a swipe at the ruling party saying they want to listen to only “Mann ki Baat”, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio address.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was seen thumping the desk when Scindia was speaking amid the din.
“Give the Opposition a chance. Don’t deprive us of our rights. You have to give us time. You have to listen (to) us. Without listening, you are pushing us to the gallows,” Scindia said. His statement came as discussions between his party and the government over ending the stalemate did not fructify on Wednesday.
“It is a serious issue, the allegation was against an ex-Prime Minister, an ex-Vice President and ex-Army chief,” Scindia said referring to Modi’s remarks at a recent election rally in Gujarat.
Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was also heard telling the Speaker to give them time. “Madam, please look towards us. We are seeking two minutes out of 24 hours,” he said.
Around 20 Congress members were in the Well shouting slogans against the government and occasionally, they were also clapping their hands.
(With inputs from PTI)