‘Conspiracy to convert Parliament into platform for ruling party’: Mallikarjun Kharge on suspension of 146 MPs

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has alleged a conspiracy by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to “convert” Parliament into a platform only for the ruling party. This comes in the wake of the suspension of 146 MPs from both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha during the winter session, while the government continues passing Bills with minimal opposition.

Speaking on the suspension of the Opposition MPs from Parliament as they demanded a statement from Union Minister Amit Shah over the December 13 Parliament security breach, Mallikarjun Kharge said the entire country is watching how the “BJP is strangulating democracy by arbitrarily passing key bills without discussion or debate”.

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“The biggest challenge is that the people holding constitutional positions, who are responsible for providing protection to the opposition MPs, are themselves becoming a part of party politics and doing politics using caste, region and occupation as their shield,” Mallikarjun Kharge said at the CWC meet, adding, “[There is a] conspiracy to convert Parliament into platform for ruling party.”

“Country [is] watching how BJP is strangulating democracy by arbitrarily passing key bills without discussion,” Mallikarjun Kharge said.

Addressing party leaders at a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi, Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress has learnt valuable lessons from its mistakes in the Assembly elections and is “committed to not repeating them”. “Outcomes of recent Assembly polls disappointing,” he said.

Mallikarjun Kharge also said several Congress leaders want Rahul Gandhi to undertake another Bharat Jodo Yatra from east to west but the final decision is up to him and the CWC, the Congress’ highest decision-making body. “Congress leaders want Rahul Gandhi to undertake another Bharat Jodo Yatra from east to west, final decision is up to him,” Kharge said.

The Congress president also urged the party leaders to “concentrate on actionable points” for Lok Sabha elections.

This is the first CWC meeting after the Congress’ recent poll debacle. The Assembly elections were held in five states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. The Congress won only in Telangana.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of attempting to turn Parliament into a platform exclusively for the ruling party. This comes after the suspension of 146 MPs from both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha during the winter session, while the government continues to pass bills with minimal opposition. Kharge criticized the BJP for arbitrarily passing key bills without discussion or debate, stating that it is strangulating democracy. He made these remarks during a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), where he also addressed the party’s recent electoral defeats and called for a focus on actionable points for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This is the first CWC meeting after the Congress’ poor performance in the recent Assembly elections.

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