New Delhi: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress leader on Monday (November 25) alleged that women parliamentarians of his party were manhandled in Lok Sabha. The incident occurred when they were protesting in the Well of the House over Maharashtra government formation.

Congress members jostled with the officers in Lok Sabha when they stormed the Well of the House carrying placards, leading to adjournment of Parliament proceedings. Chowdhury told reporters, "Security personnel manhandled our women parliamentarians. We have never experienced this inside Parliament. We will be waiting to see what action has been taken against responsible people."

The Supreme Court will on Tuesday pronounce its order on a petition filed by the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress challenging the decision of the Governor to invite the BJP to form government in Maharashtra. The petitioners have also sought a direction to the Governor to conduct the floor test of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.

Congress MP from Tamil Nadu Jothimani alleged that she was "manhandled". "It is sad that Ramya Haridas and me were manhandled, we have lodged a complaint with the speaker," she told reporters.

Chowdhury also said that what he saw in the House was unprecedented and Congress MPs were "pushed around". "It is a testing time for us. We have to decide whether we let democracy or authoritarianism prevail in this country," he said. Sources said Speaker Om Birla sought an apology from two Kerala MPs, PN Prathapan and MP Hibi Eden, for storming the Well of the House.

The Congress leaders carried placards with messages like "save Constitution" and "save democracy" and a black banner which said, "stop murder of democracy".

With PTI inputs