Amid opposition outrage over the “gag order” on using certain words in Parliament, demonstrations, protests, dharnas, fast or religious ceremonies can no longer be held in the precincts of Parliament House, a new circular by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat states.
The latest bulletin has been issued by Rajya Sabha Secretary General PC Mody ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning July 18.
“Members cannot use the precincts of the Parliament House for any demonstration, dharna, strike, fast, or for the purpose of performing any religious ceremony,” read the bulletin.
Congress general secretary and chief whip of the party in Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh took to Twitter to attack the government.
He said: “Vishguru’s latest salvo – D(h)arna Mana Hai!” He also shared a copy of the circular.
“Every year they issue these notices in #Parliament bulletins. Demonstrations, dharnas, strikes, fast are part of legitimate Parliamentary tactics to register protest. No stopping us. However, can you please update me. Didn’t SOMEONE conduct a religious ceremony recently ?” tweeted TMC MP Derek Obriren