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JAMMU: Several members of State Congress on Tuesday held a protest here against the five-day suspension of 25 party MPs from Lok Sabha and termed the decision as “undemocratic”.
Congress workers, led by Senior Vice-President Sham Lal Sharma and other leaders, took out a protest march from outside the party office. However, they were halted by the police as Section 144 has been imposed in Jammu.
“The decision to suspend Congress MPs by the Lok Sabha Speaker is undemocratic and we strongly condemn the action. The ruling BJP is trying to muzzle the voice of the opposition”, Chief Spokesman and MLC Ravinder Sharma said.
He said a large number of Congress workers from different parts of Jammu region gathered at party office and held a protest against the Speaker’s decision to suspend the party MPs.
“The demand for the resignation of Vasundhara Raje and Sushma Swaraj for their support to Lalit Modi is not only the demand of Congress but the entire country wants their resignations, and taking action against the Congress MPs has no justification”, Sharma said.
Sharma said that a similar protest march by the Congress workers was taken out in Kashmir, led by the Party’s State Chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir and they presented a memorandum to the Governor N.N Vohra, condemning the suspension of the MPs.
Meanwhile, reports of protests on the issue by Congress workers in various parts of Jammu region also poured in.
“This is not how democracy works; everyone has the right to speak his mind. The Congress MPs were just raising the voice of the people of India and they were suspended in a very undemocratic way,” Sharma claimed.
Meanwhile in Srinagar, scores of Congress activists, including party’s State President Ghulam Ahmad Mir, were detained by police after they took out a protest rally against suspension of its 25 members from Lok Sabha.
Mir, along with dozens of Congress activists, took out the protest rally from the party’s headquarters at M.A Road here and tried to march towards Raj Bhavan.
As they reached Banquet Hall, police swung into action and detained many party workers including Mir, former minister Taj Mohiuddin, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed and MLA Sopore Abdul Rahid Dar, officials said.
They said the detained leaders were taken to Kothi Bagh police station.
Earlier, Mir accused the BJP of trying to “muzzle the voice of the people”.
“The Congress MPs in Lok Sabha were seeking answers to the questions raised by the people of the country. But what they (BJP) did was undemocratic. They tried to muzzle the voice of the people. It was a black day for democracy,” Mir told reporters.
“The BJP seems to think that they have a majority in the Parliament and can do whatever they like. That they will not allow anyone to talk…this is undemocratic,” he said.
“The Congress party will continue to be the voice of the people and will expose the government,” he said.
25 of 44 Congress MPs were suspended from Lok Sabha yesterday for five days for unruly behaviour.
Meanwhile, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) activists tied black ribbons around their mouth and placards in their hands written with slogans observed a mourn protest.
Leading the Protest State President NSUI Neeraj Kundan Said that the dramatic act suspension of Congress MPs is a black day for Indian democracy, who were demanding for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over Lalit Modi row and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam.
He said that NSUI will not sit salient and will defame such anti-public government through continuous protest.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had on Monday suspended 25 Congress MPs over disruption of parliamentary proceedings under ruling 374 (A), leading to outrage from various quarters.
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