** Accusing the government of suppressing the voice of the opposition, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge, Tiruchi Siva of DMK and Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena as well as other members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha marched from the statue of Mahatama Gandhi in the Parliament complex in Vijay Chowk holding banners and placards.
** Opposition members including TMC, Samajwadi Party, CPI, CPI-M, IUML, TRS, RJD and NCP as well as some smaller parties have pledged they will would not give in and would continue their united fight until the suspensions. are revoked.
** Claiming that the suspended MPs did nothing wrong, the leaders said they would not apologize or bow to the government and continue to raise people’s concerns to save democracy and the Constitution .
** Former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi claimed the opposition was not allowed to raise issues in parliament which he said is now “just a building and a museum “.
“Wherever the opposition tries to raise issues, they are suppressed. The government does not allow us to raise issues. It is a murder of democracy, ”he told reporters.
** Gandhi also said that the Prime Minister does not come to Parliament and that “that is not the way to run a democracy”.
“We have our suspended members here. It is a symbol of the crushing voice of the Indian people. They have been suspended for two weeks now. They are sitting outside. Their voice has been crushed. They have done nothing. wrong.
“We are not allowed to debate things in Parliament. Bill after bill, bill after bill is just passed in the din. This is not the way to run Parliament,” a- he declared.