Democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra: Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, senior party leaders Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni and others protest against Maharashtra government formation issue, at Parliament premises in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: PTI

The Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the start of the Question Hour at 11 am in Lok Sabha on Monday (November 25), said democracy has been “murdered” while pointing out at the Maharashtra government formation issue.

Similarly, his party members stormed the well of the House carrying placards leading to adjournment of proceedings.

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Gandhi declined to ask a question that he was scheduled to at the start of the Question Hour at 11 am. “There is no point in my asking the question as democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra,” he said amid a din.

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As members of the Congress raised slogans and carried placards, what invited Speaker Om Birlas ire was a big banner that two MPs held across the Well. The black banner sported the slogan “stop murder of democracy” while placards had messages like “save Constitution” and “save democracy”.

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After his warnings went unheeded, the Speaker ordered removal of two Congress members Hibi Eden and TN Prathapan – who were holding the banner, by marshals. However, the two MPs were joined by other Congress members in resisting their eviction from the House and were seen jostling with marshals, prompting the Speaker to adjourn the House till noon.

When the House met at 12 pm, the chair again adjourned it to 2 pm.

(With inputs from agencies)

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