The Parliament witnessed a stormy session as opposition voices grew louder in response to the suspension of 49 more MPs, reaching a staggering total of 141 suspensions. Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan staged a walkout alongside two lone opposition members, expressing dismay over the suppression of dissent under the guise of MPs “disturbing” the house.
Speaking out against what she perceived as biased coverage, Bachchan highlighted Sansad TV’s focus solely on the Chairman and BJP ministers, lamenting the lack of visibility for opposition concerns. She decried this as a travesty of democracy, emphasizing the vital role of opposition in upholding democratic values within the Parliament.
“Democracy is when the Parliament embraces both affirmative and dissenting voices. Silencing one side undermines the essence of democracy,” Bachchan asserted, questioning the criteria used to selectively suspend certain members while sparing others.
The uproar follows the suspension of MPs, which garnered sharp criticism from the opposition, demanding Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement regarding the major security breach at the Lok Sabha on December 13. The suspended MPs expressed their dissent through protests outside the Parliament premises, emphasizing the significance of accountability in addressing critical security lapses.
TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh echoed these sentiments, stressing the legitimacy of demanding a statement from the Union Home Minister. “If not the Union Home Minister, then who else should address the concerns regarding the breach of Parliament security? Is it a crime to seek accountability?” Ghosh questioned, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability in addressing the security breach.
As the suspension tally reaches unprecedented numbers, criticism mounts over the perceived stifling of opposition voices and the escalating tension between accountability, democratic representation, and parliamentary decorum.