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Protests and discussion cannot happen together: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the government was not allowing him to speak in the Parliament since he had certain evidence that would prove PM Modi's direct involvement in corruption.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
December 14, 2016 2:33:10 pm
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Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday questioned the Opposition, saying that discussions and protests cannot happen together. “Both things cannot happen at the same time, that you (Opposition) protest in the well and also ask for discussion,” she said while addressing the media outside the Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and were present in the House on Wednesday.

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Claiming that he was not allowed to speak in the House, Rahul Gandhi alleged on Wednesday that he had certain evidence that would prove Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direct involvement in corruption. “We are pretty much unconditionally ready for a debate in Parliament. The government is not allowing me to speak. I have personal information about PM Modi’s corruption. He is personally terrified. He cannot run away from the House,” Rahul said, addressing the media in Parliament Complex.

BJP MPs accused the Opposition of not allowing the House to function. “Unfortunately, since day 1, the opposition is giving one or other excuse so that Parliament doesn’t function,” MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, too, raised questions over the Opposition’s disruption of the proceedings. “Why Congress and Rahul ji did not allow the House to function and have proper debate on demonetisation issue in last 15 days?” Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said.

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Speaking on the corruption allegations levied on PM Modi, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said, “Allegations levelled against PM Modi by Congress vice-president are baseless. Rahul Gandhi ji has lost patience. If Rahul Gandhi had information, he could have revealed it 20 days ago, but till today he wasn’t ready to make any earth-shattering revelations.” Demanding an apology by Rahul, Kumar also alleged that the Congress was making such claims under ‘desperation’ since the scams took place under Rahul’s watch at the AICC headquarters.

The Lok Sabha has been witnessing a virtual washout since the Winter Session started on November 16 with the Opposition and the government locking horns over the demonetisation issue.

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