After remaining absent for a full week from Lok Sabha since the winter session of parliament started, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said that he won’t ask a question in the house because ‘democracy has been murdered’ in Maharashtra.
The ongoing session of Parliament started on November 18, and several important bills were discussed and passed in the first week, but Rahul Gandhi was missing from the house. He attended Lok Sabha session today after missing the first five working days of the house. Addressing the house, Rahul Gandhi said, ‘speaker sir, today I had come to ask a question, but democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra, therefore there is no point in me asking a question.’ The Congress leader made the comment amid condominium in Lok Sabha over the issue of the current political situation in Maharashtra.
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Rahul Gandhi was referring to the dramatic events in Maharashtra on last Saturday when suddenly BJP staked claim to form the government with the support of a faction of NCP led by Ajit Pawar. The president’s rule was removed from the state, and Devendra Fadnavis took oath as Chief Minister on the early hour on Sunday. Ajit Pawar also took oath as the deputy CM of the state.
But NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has said that his party is not supporting BJP, and reiterated the alliance with Shiv Sena and Congress. Earlier today the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance submitted a letter to the governor staking claim to the government, saying they have the requisite numbers. In may be noted that when earlier the governor had asked Shiv Sena to show the letters of support, both NCP and Congress had refused to give the letters, saying they need more time to discuss the issue.
The political drama in Maharashtra is going on for a month since the results on October 24th produced a hung assembly with BJP winning the highest 105 seats in the 288-seat house. With Shiv Sena winning 56, The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has a clear majority, but the alliance broke over the power-sharing arrangement, and Sena has teamed up with NCP and Congress to form a government. During all these activities in the state, Rahul Gandhi was missing, as he had gone for yet another foreign trip. This time he was in Indonesia to attend a meditation camp, as per Congress leader Randeep Surjewala. Rahul Gandhi as mostly silent on Maharashtra during the past month, but suddenly he claimed today that democracy has been murdered in the state.