Parliament on Maharashtra Coup: Rahul, Sonia Decry ‘Murder of Democracy’

Parliament of India
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New Delhi, Nov 25: Led by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi who said that “democracy has been murdered” in Maharashtram both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned till 2pm amid vociferous protests by Congress MPs over the political situation in Maharashtra.

“There is no point in my asking the question as democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra,” Mr Gandhi said in parliament.

Opposition leaders raise slogan of ‘Samvidhan ki hatya bandh karo, bandh karo’ during Question Hour in Lok Sabha . Congress members in Lok Sabha stormed the well carrying placards to protest the swearing-in of a BJP-led government in Maharashtra. Speaker Om Birla ordered the removal of two Congress members Hibi Eden and T N Prathapan- who were holding a big banner with ‘stop murder of democracy’.

Breaking her silence on the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi says this is a “murder of the democracy,” as she leads a protest outside Parliament with other party leaders against the Centre’s move of forming Mahrashtra government with NCP’s Ajit Pawar in a dramatic turn of events that spanned overnight.

The Congress led Opposition cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party for the midnight coup in Maharashtra . Devendra Fadnavis took oath as chief minister in a hush-hush ceremony supported by Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister — a move that the NCP distanced itself from.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said We had a parliamentary strategy group meeting today, in which we discussed the Maharashtra issue. We will raise this issue in both Houses of the Parliament today. Our alliance (Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena) is totally intact.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury , Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal and other leaders of Congress party has arrived at 10 Janpath (official residence of party interim president Sonia Gandhi), for Congress Parliamentary Strategy Group meet.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) have given Suspension of Business Notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha over ‘Undemocratic events in the state of Maharashtra for Government formation’

Congress has issued Chief Whip for all its MPs to be present in the Lok Sabha, K Suresh have given adjournment motion notice in the House on Maharashtra issue.

Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over ‘Maharashtra government formation’.

The Rajya Sabha session on Monday is set to start on a stormy note with opposition members raising the issue of Maharashtra in the House.

The Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Binoy Viswam has served notice under Rule 267 for suspension of the proceedings of the House to discuss the urgent issue of Maharashtra.

In his letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, the veteran Left leader has said that the developments in Maharashtra have brought shame to the country’s democratic system.

“The midnight plot aimed to murder the people’s desire for a democratically elected government under the veil of darkness is a matter of great concern. The office of Governor was once again used as a tool in installing a government that holds no legitimacy of the people,” Viswam said.

In a sudden development on early Saturday morning, Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Maharashtra Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar as Deputy Chief Minister by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

The rival Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP led by its supremo Sharad Pawar have challenged the government formation and knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court.

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