'We are not allowed to speak in Parliament', says Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi: Opposition leaders of 15 political parties marched towards Vijay Chowk from Parliament demanding repeal of Centre's three farm laws on Thursday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who marched with Opposition leaders, said, "We had to come out here to speak to you (media) as we (Opposition) are not allowed to speak in the Parliament. This is the murder of democracy".
On the uproar in both houses of the Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said, "The Parliament session is over. As far as 60 per cent of the country is concerned, there has been no Parliament session. The voice of 60 per cent of the country has been crushed, humiliated and yesterday in the Rajya Sabha physically beaten".
A scuffle broke out in Rajya Sabha between the opposition MPs and marshals. According to reports, Congress MP Chaya Verma told media that male marshals pushed her while protesting in the Well of the House .
Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena also echoed similar views on the functioning of the Parliament. He said, "The opposition didn't get a chance to present their views in Parliament. Yesterday's incident against women MPs was against democracy. It felt like we were standing at the Pakistan border".
The Opposition parties staged protests in the Parliament throughout the monsoon session, demanding a discussion in Parliament over the Pegasus snoopgate and the three farm laws.
The bone of contention in the ongoing monsoon session is three agriculture acts passed during the monsoon session in 2020. These three acts are, Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
On September 27, 2020, the President gave his consent amid an uproar by opposition party leaders and farmer groups alike in the Parliament and outside the Parliament.
The government passed these laws as reforms in the agriculture sector linking it with the globalised markets. It has been argued that the three laws open up new markets for the farmers to earn more from their farm produces.