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Congress raises Maharashtra political crisis in Parliament

  • In Rajya Sabha, a number of opposition leaders including, Anand Sharma, gave notices for discussing the issue
  • Earlier in the day, Congress lawmakers from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha held protests near the Gandhi statue in Parliament premises

NEW DELHI : The Congress party on Monday raised the issue of political crisis in Maharashtra in Parliament. In the Lok Sabha, senior Congress leader and former party president Rahul Gandhi said democracy was under threat, citing the situation in the western state.

"I came here to ask a question today but it has no meaning now because democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra. So, for me to ask a question (on a different topic) does not make sense," Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha during the question hour.

In Rajya Sabha, a number of opposition leaders including, Anand Sharma, gave notices for discussing the issue. Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, however, did not allow admission of the notices, saying that the issue was sub-judice and citing rules of discussion around the conduct of officials in high offices including that of the governor.

Union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "Rules of procedure of both the Houses state it clearly that conduct of governor cannot be discussed. People in Maharashtra chose BJP as the lead party and we have to accept that."

Earlier in the day, Congress lawmakers from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha held protests near the Gandhi statue in Parliament premises. They carried placards and raised slogans against the Union government, accusing it of being dishonest.

In a dramatic turn of events over the weekend, BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) took oath as chief minister and deputy chief minister of Maharashtra early on Saturday, less than 12 hours after Sharad Pawar announced that Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will lead a possible alliance government in the state. On Sunday, the Congress, Shiv Sena, and the NCP moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the govern

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