scorecardresearch
Ruling party has weaponised suspension of MPs: Congress leader Kharge in letter to Vice President

Ruling party has weaponised suspension of MPs: Congress leader Kharge in letter to Vice President

Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress president and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, commented on Sunday about the recent suspension of MPs from Parliament. He stated that the government had 'predetermined and premeditated' the suspension.

advertisement
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge (L), Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar (R) Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge (L), Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar (R)

Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress president and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, commented on Sunday about the recent suspension of MPs from Parliament. He stated that the government had 'predetermined and premeditated' the suspension. This comes after a total of 143 MPs from Opposition parties were suspended from both the Houses during the recently concluded winter session.

In a letter to Dhankhar dated December 24, Kharge said: "You have also mentioned that disorder was deliberate and strategised and predetermined. I would like to submit that if anything, it is the mass suspension of the Opposition MPs from both Houses of Parliament that seems to be predetermined and premediated by the Government and I am most sorry to say, executed without any application of mind, as can be seen by the suspension of an INDIA party MP who was not even present in the Parliament."

"The Chairman is the custodian of the house and should be at the forefront to uphold the dignity of the House, defend Parliamentary privileges, and protect people's right of holding its government accountable through the debates, discussion and reply in Parliament," Kharge said in his letter. 

"It would be distressing when history judges the presiding officers harshly for Bills passed without debate and not seeking accountability from the government," he added. 

Kharge wrote the letter in response to a previous letter sent by Dhankhar inviting the Congress president to his residence on December 25 for an interaction on the issue of disruptions in Parliament and the suspension of opposition MPs, saying despite his repeated requests, such a meeting could not happen during the Winter session.

Replying to Dhankhar's invitation, Kharge said he won't be able to meet as he is not in Delhi currently. 

In his letter, Dhankhar said that the the disorder in the House was deliberate and part of a strategy. "I do not seek to embarrass you by indicating the predetermined role of the main opposition party in this communication, but will share with you when I have the benefit of interaction with you," he said.

Also read : PM holds Christmas event at residence, says Christ's ideals are guide light for us

 

Edited By: Nandita Borah
Published On: Dec 25, 2023