The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed unruly scenes as Congress MPs continued with their protests, which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called a “murder of democracy”, a term earlier used by Sonia Gandhi for the suspension of her party’s 25 MPs.
The Congress, however, blamed the treasury benches for “intimidating” its members, saying such behaviour showed the “dictatorial attitude” of the ruling party.
“Two of our members, Gaurav Gogoi and Ravneet Singh Bittu, who are generally very polite and never get angry, were intimidated by BJP MPs. They tried to assault them. This is something which has happened for the first time in the House,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters.
The Congress has locked horns with the government since the monsoon session began on July 21, demanding resignations of top BJP leaders over Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.
The party also alleged that PM Narendra Modi’s “insincerity” and “obduracy” were responsible for Parliament logjam. “It is BJP and PM who are responsible for logjam in Parliament,” Congress leader Anand Sharma said.
But BJD’s Bhratruhari Mahtab attacked the Congress for continued disruptions, saying “last century had seen a streak of fascism....Now what is being seen is manifestation of fascism inside the house."
Protests by slogan-shouting and placard carrying Congress members intensified after the house took up a discussion on sustainable development goals and followed by a debate on issues arising out of IPL controversy sought by BJP MP Arjun Ram Meghwal under rule 193 that does not entail voting.
As deputy Speaker M Thambidurai tried to go ahead with the business ignoring the protests, some Congress members tore papers and threw them towards the chair.