BJP accuses Congress for not letting Shah speak in Parliament
Union minister Prakash Javadekar also asked the Congress and its former president Sonia Gandhi to make their stand clear on the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the country.
The BJP today accused the Congress and the Trinamool Congress of "murdering democracy" by not letting its president Amit Shah speak in Parliament on the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam with their noisy protests.
The TMC, he told a press conference, was nervous due to growing strength of the BJP in West Bengal.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was a new low for parliamentary democracy that opposition members did not allow Shah to speak. "This is a new precedent and a new low," he told reporters.
They had created a ruckus yesterday as well when Shah said that the BJP government had to the courage to implement the Supreme Court's decision on the NRC while the previous Congress dispensations lacked it.
"They deliberately raised objections to prevent Shah from completing his speech. It is the murder of democracy to prevent a member of the House from speaking," Javadekar told reporters.
The Assam Accord to identify illegal immigrants was designed by then prime minister and Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi, he said, adding that Shah only asserted that the BJP was implementing the NRC, which was the "soul" of the accord.
Javadeka claimed even Indira Gandhi had said that the Bangladeshis should return to their country after the situation there normalized following the Indo-Pak war in 1971.
"We now want to ask about the stand of Sonia Gandhi on the NRC and on evicting infiltrators from the country," the minister said.
Javadekar also condemned TMC supremo Mamta Banerjee's reported statement that exclusion of over 40 lakh people from the NRC in Assam would lead to "civil war".
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