Sonia Gandhi pulls up govt over suspension of Congress MPs, says `democracy is being murdered`

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul led a vociferous protest in ParliamentGandhi

New Delhi, Aug 5: Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who led a vociferous protest in Parliament on Tuesday against the suspension of her party MPs, said democracy is being murdered in the country.

The Congress president said: “It is the government’s duty to run the Parliament. But the way our members have been suspended, it is anti-democratic and democracy is being murdered.”

Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh said that suspending the members of the Congress is no way of resolving the issues, adding “For the Parliament to run smoothly, it is the responsibility of the government to take into account concerns we have been raising.”

Earlier in the day, Congress leaders, led by party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, assembled at the Gandhi statue inside Parliament to protest the suspension of 25 MPs.

Former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, former defence minister A.K. Antony, senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma also took part in the protest sporting black bands.

Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), which was earlier slated to take part in the protests, refrained from participating in the demonstration.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended 25 Congress MPs over disruption of parliamentary proceedings under ruling 374 (A), leading to outrage from various quarters.

(With Agency Inputs)

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