Rahul spearheads oppn protests in LS

RSTV Bureau

rahul_gandhirahul_gandhiCongress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was in the lead as his party along with other opposition members created uproar in Lok Sabha on Wednesday demanding an urgent discussion on communal situation in the country.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who had stormed the Well in Lok Sabha demanding a debate on communal tension, on Wednesday also charged the Narendra Modi government with not allowing discussion in Parliament where he said only one man’s voice is heard.

“We are not being allowed to speak in Parliament. We are asking for discussion. There is a mentality in the government that discussion is not acceptable. Everybody feels it, their party feels it, we feel it, everybody feels it,” Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament.

He also joined his party colleagues in slogan shouting in the Well against the government. They were demanding a discussion through an adjournment motion on rising incidents of communal violence in the country.

“There is a mood in Parliament that only one man’s voice counts for anything in this country”, Gandhi said after Congress members stormed the Well of the House demanding a discussion on growing incidents of communal tension.

Amid ruckus, the House was adjourned briefly during Question Hour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present in the House during the din.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, while opposing the adjournment motion, said there was no communal tension in the country and hit back at the opposition saying, “Don’t create unnecessary problems. . .”

While Congress members demanded that Question Hour should be suspended to take up the adjournment motion, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow it leading to uproar.

Around 20 members, including Gandhi, stood in the Well where members from NCP, JD-U, RJD, RSP and AAP were also present.

The agitating members shouted ‘we want justice’ and said ‘Pradhan Mantri jawab do (Prime Minister should reply)’.They also shouted ‘acchey din kahan gaye, bhag gaye, bhag gaye’ (Where are the good days, they have proved elusive) and ‘we want justice, tana shahi nahi chalegi (we will not allow dictatorship)’.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, was also present in the House during the protests and she was seen encouraging party members to raise slogans.

Congress had earlier given notice of on adjournment motion in Lok Sabha over rising incidents of communal violence in the country.