Opposition leaders hold protest march to Vijay Chowk over farm laws, Pegasus snooping row
Lashing out at the Union government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who led the protest said that the voice of 60% of the country has been crushed, humiliated and yesterday within the Rajya Sabha physically beaten.
Opposition leaders from various parties, including the Congress, Shiv Sena and others, marched towards Vijay Chowk from Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday to highlight an abrupt end to the monsoon session, Pegasus snooping row and a repeal of the Centre's three farm laws.
Opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Mallikarjun Kharge, Jairam Ramesh, T Siva, Ramgopal Yadav and Sanjay Raut led the protest and said they oppose the "high-handedness" of the govt and not allowing the Opposition parties to speak in the Parliament.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, two days before the scheduled conclusion of the upper House of Parliament. Lok Sabha was also adjourned sine die earlier within the day.
Carrying banners and posters to repeal farm laws, the Opposition leaders are likely to satisfy Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu at 12.15 pm to boost their demand for repeal of farm laws and highlight other issues including Pegasus spyware controversy, fuel prices and others.
"Today, we had to return out here to talk to you (media) as we (opposition) aren't allowed to talk within the Parliament. This is murder of democracy,” Rahul along with Opposition leaders, at Vijay Chowk in Delhi was quoted as saying.
"The Parliament session is over. As far as 60% of the country is concerned there has been no Parliament session. The voice of 60% of the country has been crushed, humiliated and yesterday in the Rajya Sabha physically beaten," said Rahul.
Earlier during the day, Opposition parties leaders held a meeting at the office of Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, in Parliament.
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