New Delhi, Nov 25: Rebutting Congress' charge that 'Democracy has been murdered', BJP on Monday said the behaviour of Congress is condemnable and it is they who are murdering democracy with the aid of Shiv Sena.
'We totally condemn the behaviour of Congress MPs and Senior Congress leaders who did not do anything to prevent such kind of behaviour on the floor of the Lok Sabha,' said Union Minister Ravi Shankar told reporters here. 'The kind of behaviour they did with the marshals, who were perfectly executing the valid order, is for all of us to see,' he said.
He said 'the Lok Sabha is a place for debate, discussions and questioning. You can't convert it to a place for unruly behaviour.'
About action on Congress lawmakers, the BJP leader said, 'What action is taken is upto the Speaker'. Mr Prasad said,' We expect all political parties to jointly ensure that the sanctity, serenity and great tradition of Lok Sabha in of Parliament is restored.'
He said,' they are saying we have murdered democracy. BJP-Shiv Sena got mandate to form government with Devendra Fadnavis projected as Chief Minister. It is the Congress that is murdering democracy with the aid of Shiv Sena.'
Sena shunned their 30-year old alliance with BJP for opportunism, he added. 'BJP's win in state is both moral and political victory, which Congress is trying to hijack,' he said. 'If you have the guts, defeat us at the elections. Don't steal the mandate,' Mr Prasad said.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned twice on Monday amid uproar by Congress members over recent political developments in Maharashtra.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla first warned two Congress Members -- Hibi Eden and T N Prathapan -- who stood in the Well and held a huge placard saying 'Stop murder of democracy'. Mr Birla asked them to remove the placard and on their refusal to do so, he was forced to order the marshals to remove both the Congress members from the House.
The two Congress members indulged in a clash with the marshals and massive protests by Congress members continued. Congress member Rahul Gandhi attacked the Centre over the recent political developments in Maharashtra and termed it as "Murder of Democracy". As soon as the Question Hour commenced in the Lok Sabha, Mr Birla invited Mr Gandhi for a question to which he replied, 'I do have a query but since there has been a murder of democracy in Maharashtra, there is no point.'
Both the Congress members indulged in a clash with Lok Sabha marshals after the Speaker ordered them to be removed from the House. Massive protests by Congress members over the removal over two Congress members forced the Speaker to adjourn the House. (UNI)