33 Opposition MPs were suspended from Lok Sabha for the remainder of Winter Session after they protested, demanding that Union Home Minister Amit Shah address the House on the huge security breach in Parliament last week.
The MPs suspended on Monday include Leader of the Congress party in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Gaurav Gogoi, deputy leader of the party in the House.
Four days before, 13 Lok Sabha MPs and one Rajya Sabha MP faced the same action for demanding a statement by the Home Minister.
This means that a total of 46 MPs have been suspended, 43 of them for seeking the Home Minister’s statement on the security breach.
Speaking to the reporters, Chowdhury said the government was behaving in a dictatorial manner and treating Parliament as BJP headquarters. He said the Opposition had been cooperating with the government ever since the session began.
“This government has reached the apex of dictatorship. They have the majority, and they are wielding the stick of power. They want to run Parliament like a party office. But that cannot happen. We were eager for a discussion. The productivity of Parliament before December 13 is for all to see. It seems they find it easier to talk to the media, but are scared to speak in Parliament,” he said.