In a departure from usual, Rahul Gandhi took the lead and joined the Congress MPs in the well of the house demanding the suspension of question hour and a discussion on communal violence be heard instead. The house was then adjourned till 12 noon. Gandhi accused the House Speaker Sumitra Mahajan of partiality.
“We are not being allowed to speak, we wanted a discussion on the rising incidents of communal violence in the country,” Rahul Gandhi said outside Parliament while talking to reporters. He added, “There is a mood in the Parliament that, in this country, the voice of only one man counts.”
The Opposition parties wanted a discussion on the rising incidences of communal violence and the question hour be scrapped. Rahul Gandhi joined the opposition MPs in the well of the house. Instead, the speaker adjourned the house till 12 noon. When Gandhi came out of the house he spoke to the reporters about the lack of willingness on the government’s part to have a discussion on the rising incidences of communal violence.
He also accused the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan of “completely one sided partiality” later while talking to the reporters. The house proceedings have now resumed.
When asked about this being the first time he had lead his MPs in the house he said, “This is not the first time I have spoken up.”