INDIA Bloc’s ‘Save Democracy’ Protest at Jantar Mantar
Save Democracy’ Protest: In a powerful display of unity, leaders from the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc gathered at Jantar Mantar for a protest under the banner ‘Save Democracy.’ The protest aimed to voice opposition against the mass suspension of 146 MPs from the Winter Session of Parliament, which recently adjourned sine die.
Opposition Leaders Condemn Unprecedented Suspension of MPs
Key opposition figures, including Nationalist Congress Party’s Sharad Pawar, Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi, as well as CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, shared the stage to denounce the suspension of 146 opposition MPs. The leaders expressed their readiness to pay any price to safeguard democracy and emphasized the urgency of the situation.
Voices Against Suspension Grow Louder within Parliament
As the Parliament’s Winter Session faced disruptions and demands for a statement from Union Minister Amit Shah, Congress MP Karti Chidambaram highlighted the opposition’s call for accountability. He pointed out that the government’s refusal to address their concerns led to the suspension of 146 members, a move seen as an attempt to stifle parliamentary discourse.
Nationwide Protest: MPs and Citizens Unite for Democracy
The protest at Jantar Mantar was not isolated; suspended Members of Parliament, who were present at the protest, showcased solidarity against the suspension. Additionally, the Congress party announced a nationwide protest at all district headquarters, emphasizing the need for all nationalist organizations to unite and send a collective message to save democracy.
Unprecedented Suspension Sparks Democracy Concerns
The suspension of 146 MPs, with 100 from Lok Sabha and 46 from Rajya Sabha, raised unprecedented concerns about the state of democracy in India. Leaders like Shashi Tharoor emphasized the rarity of such an action, signalling a potential threat to the democratic fabric of the country.
Opposition’s Call for Home Minister’s Statement Ignored
Karti Chidambaram shed light on the opposition’s initial request for a statement from the home minister regarding the Parliament security breach incident. The government’s refusal to address this request led to widespread protests within Parliament and the subsequent suspension of MPs.
Parliamentary System at Risk: Opposition Raises Alarms
Expressing concerns about the government’s actions, Congress MP Manish Tewari stated that the government’s aim appeared to be turning Parliament into a mere rubber stamp, akin to systems in China or North Korea. This, he argued, is a betrayal of people’s trust in the parliamentary system, prompting the need to highlight the adverse impact on India.
In a historic move, leaders from the INDIA bloc gathered at Jantar Mantar for a protest, sending a resounding message under the banner ‘Save Democracy.’ The protest, featuring prominent figures such as Sharad Pawar, Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, and others, aimed to condemn the mass suspension of 146 opposition MPs from the Winter Session of Parliament.
The urgency of the situation was underscored by NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar, who expressed the opposition’s willingness to pay any price to safeguard democracy. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, participating in the protest, emphasized the rarity of such suspensions in the global history of democracy. Tharoor asserted that the protest’s core objective was to alert the public that the current events pose a threat to the future of the country, advocating for a change in government.
Karti Chidambaram, another Congress MP, shed light on the opposition’s initial request for a statement from the home minister regarding the Parliament security breach incident. According to Chidambaram, the government’s refusal to address this request led to protests within Parliament and the subsequent suspension of 146 opposition members. He further criticized the government’s attempt to push through laws without adequate discussion, suggesting a departure from the principles of a functioning parliamentary system.
Congress MP Manish Tewari echoed these sentiments, stating that to save democracy, all nationalist organizations need to come together and send a unified message. The suspended MPs, present at the protest, showcased solidarity against the suspension. Moreover, the Congress party announced a nationwide protest at all district headquarters, emphasizing the need for collective action to save democracy.
The suspension of 146 MPs, comprising 100 from Lok Sabha and 46 from Rajya Sabha, raised unprecedented concerns about the state of democracy in India. Shashi Tharoor reiterated that the suspension was an alarming deviation from democratic norms, emphasizing the need for people to understand the potential dangers to the country’s democratic fabric.
Karti Chidambaram highlighted the opposition’s call for a statement by the home minister, deeming it a natural request in the face of serious security concerns. The government’s refusal to address this request, according to Chidambaram, triggered protests within Parliament. The subsequent suspension of 146 members was seen as a drastic measure taken by the government to stifle dissent and push through laws without adequate deliberation.
Congress MP Manish Tewari expressed concerns that the government’s actions seemed aimed at transforming Parliament into a mere rubber stamp, akin to political systems in China or North Korea. This, he argued, amounted to a betrayal of the people’s trust in the parliamentary system, calling for a united effort to highlight the adverse consequences for India.
The ‘Save Democracy’ protest at Jantar Mantar serves as a collective outcry against the mass suspension of opposition MPs. The opposition leaders, through their unity and determination, aim to raise awareness about the threats posed to democracy and emphasize the urgent need for a change in government. The nationwide protest planned by the Congress party further underscores the gravity of the situation, calling on all nationalist organizations to unite for the larger cause of safeguarding democracy in India.