New Delhi, Dec 22 (The Street Press India) – On Friday, the Opposition INDIA bloc gathered at Jantar Mantar to protest the suspension of 146 MPs from both Houses of Parliament in the Winter session. They urged people to come together to safeguard democracy in the country.
The protest, led by the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), saw the participation of key figures including Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, former party chief Rahul Gandhi, and leaders from Left parties, DMK, NCP, SP, NC, TMC, JMM, RJD, and other members of the opposition coalition.
Kharge, addressing the assembly, emphasized that INDIA party leaders united due to the perceived threat to democracy under the BJP government. He asserted, “When all unite, Narendra Modi won’t be able to do anything… The more you try to crush us, the more we will rise. We are fighting unitedly to save the country and democracy.”
Gandhi highlighted that opposition members faced suspension from both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha for seeking answers from Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the December 13 Parliament security breach. He added, “The more hatred the BJP spreads, the more love and brotherhood INDIA parties will spread.”
“By shunting out 150 MPs from the Parliament, the government has shut out the voice of 60 per cent Indians,” he said.
The protest saw the presence of leaders including NCP’s Sharad Pawar, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, JMM’s Mahua Maji, DMK’s Tiruchi Siva, RJD’s Manoj Kumar Jha, TMC’s Mausam Noor, NC’s Hasnain Masoodi, Revolutionary Socialist Party’s N K Premachandran, and SP’s S T Hasan.