Parliament: Opposition MPs demanded Modi ,Amit Shah’s resignation over Delhi Riots
NEW DELHI : Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Monday adjourned for the pm after the entire opposition vociferously protested over the issue of communal violence in the national capital, with members alleging that the government slept while Delhi burnt. Lok Sabha was also adjourned till 3 pm after a scuffle between Congress and BJP members.
Opposition MPs including those belonging to the Congress, Left, TMC, SP, BSP and DMK were up on their feet shouting slogans and accused the government of failing in its duty. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the issue was definitely important but the priority should be to restore normalcy and then discuss ways and means of preventing it. When his appeals to members to resume their places went unheeded, he adjourned proceedings till 2 pm.
The opposition demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah as parliament reconvened today after a three-week break for the second half of the budget session.
Slogan-shouting members of the opposition held up posters demanding the PM’s resignation in the Lok Sabha. Speaker Om Birla argued that the situation was “not appropriate” for such a discussion. “We will wait for the situation to improve and then allow a discussion,” he said, and finally adjourned the house as the members refused to relent.
The opposition MPs have given notice in both houses demanding a discussion on the four-day violence in Delhi that claimed 46 lives last week. In Rajya Sabha, the Leader of the Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad, charged that the Central government “slept” when violence rocked Delhi for three days.The Congress has demanded that PM Narendra Modi makes a statement in parliament and home minister Amit Shah should resign.
Yesterday, Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the party will strongly raise the issue of riot-torn Delhi and ask why the violence happened. “The government has miserably failed to maintain law and order.
I think there must be some sort of a nexus between the rioters and a section of police officials, which resulted in gruesome killings and arson that has tarnished our image across the globe. This is a matter of serious concern for us,” he said. “We will continue to raise the demand of Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation on the floor of the House.”
Sources said Home Minister Amit Shah is unlikely to make a statement in parliament today on the situation in Delhi. A statement can only be made if the house is in order, the sources said.
The Congress, Trinamool and AAP members staged separate dharnas near the Gandhi statue in parliament, demanding answers from the government on the Delhi violence. TMC members Mohua Mitra and Sukhendu Shekhar Rai held a protest in imitation of Mahatma Gandhi’s “Three Monkeys”, covering their eyes with black bands and holding a finger on their lips.
Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Shashi Tharoor also stood at the protest site, holding placards that demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah. Four AAP MPs — Sanjay Singh, Bhagwant Mann, N D Gupta and Sushil Gupta – denounced the BJP with “murdabad” slogans.
Over the next four weeks, the government is expected to push its legislative agenda that includes several key bills, including one on surrogacy.