Congress lawmakers approached Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday, requesting their intervention in what the party described as the “manhandling” of several of its lawmakers during a protest against Rahul Gandhi’s summoning in the alleged National Herald money laundering case.
While a group of Lok Sabha MPs led by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury met with Birla, a group of Rajya Sabha MPs led by Mallikarjun Kharge, P Chidambaram, K V Venugopal, and Jairam Ramesh met with Naidu.
“We are writing to express our strong opposition to the appalling way in which the Delhi Police misbehaved with Congress Rajya Sabha MPs on June 13, 14, and 15… The Delhi Police’s actions outside the Indian National Congress’s office at 24, Akbar Road were completely unjustified and a flagrant violation of all rules. “On the 15th of June, Delhi Police forces invaded the Indian National Congress office at 24, Akbar Road and lathicharged MPs, journalists, and Congress workers,” they wrote to Naidu in a letter.
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The Congress also provided video evidence to support their assertions. K C Venugopal, P Chidambaram, Shaktisinh Gohil, Pramod Tiwari, and Jebi Mather, according to the Congress party, were “manhandled and required medical attention.”
“A number of MPs were seized at various police stations and held without explanation for well over ten hours.” The letter stated, “This is a clear case of MP privileges being violated, and we ask you to take notice of these incidents and deal with the problem appropriately.”
“We have given a thorough description of the violence and atrocities we faced,” Chowdhury said after meeting with the Lok Sabha Speaker. The Speaker patiently listened to us. We asked that those police officers who conducted a well-planned attack on our MPs face consequences…. Several of our members of parliament were hurt. Our MPs were also mistreated by the authorities in police stations. Our members of parliament were handled “as if they were terrorists.”
“Have you seen such a protracted questioning of a leader,” Chowdhury remarked, referring to Gandhi’s many hours of inquiry.
What went wrong……
And all we wanted to do was follow our boss…
Isn’t that against the law…what did we do wrong?
They have, however, transformed Delhi into a fortress.” “Even our female MPs were mistreated…their dresses were torn… Jothimani, our Lok Sabha MP, had her dress torn… She wasn’t even allowed to drink water, let alone be fed. The government was referring to this as the ‘amrit kaal.’ “Modi and Shah are transforming the ‘amrit kaal’ into the ‘jahar kaal,'” he continued.