New Delhi, July 28, 2017: The Congress party on Friday levelled a serious allegation on Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) by alleging that the Gujarat Police had abducted its member of legislative assembly (MLA) in Gujarat ahead of the upcoming elections to the Upper House.
The issue was raised by Deputy Leader of Opposition, Congress leader Anand Sharma in the Rajya Sabha that led to create an uproar and back to back four adjournments in the house.
Making a statement, Sharma alleged that the Gujarat Police had kidnapped its MLAs to pressurise them to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Subsequently, the opposition members trooped into the well of the house in protest.
They raised slogan “Stop killing of the Constitution”.
Deputy chairman P. J. Kurien first adjourned the proceedings for 10 minutes soon after the House assembled as Congress leaders, including leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, raised the issue and party members stormed the well raising slogans.
Later, when Deputy Chairman of the house P.J. Kurien said “what can I do in it?”, Congress member Ghulam Nabi Azad replied: “You can direct the Election Commission for free and fair elections.”
Kurien replied: “The Election Commission does not need directions from the Chair. It is constitutionally bound to hold free and fair election.”
BJP member Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objected to Azad’s demand saying “You may also ask for direction to Supreme Court”.