MPs from the Congress and other Opposition parties wore black in Parliament on Monday in protest against the “illegal disqualification” of Rahul Gandhi from the House.
Along with Congress members, MPs belonging to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Left and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) also wore black.
Trinamool Congress MPs covered their mouths with black bands.
Speaker Om Birla had to adjourn the House within the first few seconds due to the protest scenes that occurred at the start of the proceedings.
As soon as the House met, Congress parliamentarians T N Prathapan Hibi Eden, Jothi Mani S, and Ramya Haridas immediately rushed towards the well of the house, tore up the papers they were holding, and threw them at the Speaker. Some MPs waved black cloth in protest towards the Speaker. Due to the protests, Birla had to adjourn the proceedings until 4 pm. However, the protesting Congress MPs persisted and continued to throw torn papers at the Speaker’s chair, and a member threw a banner at the Speaker’s chair after he left the House.
Following the adjournment of the House, the Opposition members briefly protested in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue, where Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge were also in attendance. Subsequently, the Opposition marched towards Vijay Chowk while chanting slogans.