New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi joined other Congress members of Parliament at the well in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday during a protest against incidents of communal violence all over the country.
This occurred after the speaker Sumitra Nahajan refused to allow any discussion on communal violence in the Parliament. The Congress's demand came after incidents of communal violence Saharanpur and Meerut. The Congress's demand also comes amidst the tension over the Meerut gangrape and conversion case. The Congress had sought an adjournment of the house proceedings to discuss communal violence in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country.
"We are asking for a discussion. There is a mentality in the government that discussion is not acceptable. There is a mood in parliament that only one man's voice counts for anything in this country," said the Congress MP from Amethi. When asked about his current protest in Parliament, he said, "I have raised my voice many times in Parliament."
Congress gave notice of an adjournment motion over rising incidents of communal violence in the country. The notice was given by Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, party MP M I Shahnawaz and party whip K C Venugopal, party sources said. Speaker rejected their demand and continued with the question hour, leaving Congress and Samajwadi Party leaders miffed. The leaders then stormed into the well of the House in protest.