New Delhi: The political crisis in Karnataka resonated in the Lok Sabha as members of the Congress party and its allies raised the issue as soon as the House proceedings began on Monday. The Congress has also given an adjournment notice on the issue.
Members from the opposition benches, particularly the Congress, shouted slogans, and waved posters saying “Loktantra Bachao", “Save Democracy".
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asked the protesting members to maintain order in the House, saying they would be allowed to speak during Zero Hour.
Congress raised the issue again in the lower house during zero hour. Several party members raised slogan while the top leadership of the party Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi were seated in the first row of opposition benches.
“Parliamentary democracy has been a victim of conspiracy and undermining institutions. In Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, efforts are being made for the governments to fall," Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, chief of Congress party in Lok Sabha said in the zero hour.
Amidst pandemonium, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla allowed union minister Rajnath Singh spoke on the government’s behalf and said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had nothing to do with the political crisis in Karnataka while adding that the flurry of resignations in Congress began with Rahul Gandhi.
“Our party has nothing to do with what is happening in Karnataka. History is witness that our party has never got anyone to shift sides. I want to say that we have not started this, it is Rahul Gandhi who started series of resignations in Congress and others are following their leader," Singh added.
Singh’s comment drew more protests from Congress members. The protest continued for a while till Birla announced the House was adjourned for a lunch break at 1pm for one hour.
The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) or JDS plunged into crisis over the weekend as 12 legislators --nine from the Congress and three from the JD(S) -- resigned on Saturday. Another Congress MLA had resigned last week.
If these resignations are accepted, the one-year-old coalition government led by chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will fall apart.
The Congress also gave an adjournment motion notice on 'BJP trying to topple Congress-JDS government in Karnataka' in the lower house.