New Delhi:Congress Lok Sabha MPs led by Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress legislators walked out of House on Wednesday, accusing government officials of refusing to allow a discussion about the sensitive India-China Border issue.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Leader of the House in Congress demanded that a discussion be held on the “Indo China border situation”. He said that the late Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had allowed Lok Sabha to discuss the 1962 India-China war.
“We’ve been calling for a discussion about the India-China border situation. Jawaharlal Naehru had allowed 165 MPs to speak in 1962 when the India-China war broke out. A decision was made on what to do after that,” Mr Chowdhury stated.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla responded to the demand of Congress leaders and said that a decision would be made at the Business Advisory Committee meeting.
The Speaker continued with the House’s proceedings, but the Congress and the TMC staged a protest walkout. They accused the government of refusing to allow a discussion about the India-China border problem.
TMC member Sudip Bopadhyay also raised the demand for a discussion at the House. He said that his party members were organizing a walkout to protest the government’s “attitude”.
In protest of various issues, members of the Opposition had earlier walked out from Lok Sabha.
Members of the Congress and DMK both wanted to raise issues as soon as the House met.
One member displayed a printedout that said “Justice for Stan Swamy”.
The Speaker assured the protestors that Question Hour was important, and that it was for them. They wanted to raise different issues.
Later members of Congress, DMK and NCP, among others, walked out from the House during Question Hour. Some shouted “nahi Chalega” (this won’t do)
Several of them returned to the House however after a while.
A US-based forensic company claimed Tuesday that Father Stan Swamy, Jesuit priest arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case, had digital evidence “planted” on his hard drive.
Stan Swamy, aged 84, was an accused in Elgar Parishad-Maoist Links case. He died while waiting for interim bail due to medical reasons.