Protest over Unnao accident rocks Lok Sabha


Don’t politicise issue, says BJP

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed sloganeering and loud protests by the Opposition parties over the “suspicious” accident involving the Unnao rape survivor, who was critically injured in a car crash.

The woman had alleged that BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar had raped her in 2017.

As soon as the day’s proceedings began, Congress members took the lead in protesting over the accident. Members from the Trinamool Congress, the DMK and the BSP raised slogans like ‘We want justice’.

The ruling BJP said the Uttar Pradesh government was taking steps to ensure justice for the woman, and urged the Opposition not to politicise the matter.

Though the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a chargesheet and the lawmaker is in jail, the trial is yet to begin. Also, he has not been expelled by the ruling party yet.

Over 30 members, mostly from the Congress, were in the well for nearly 40 minutes, shouting slogans.

Leader of the Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who raised the matter, demanded that adequate security be provided to the survivor’s family. While Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the State was doing everything to ensure justice, his colleague, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, the junior Minister for Rural Development, claimed that the truck belonged to a Samajwadi Party worker.

BJP MP from Doomariyaganj (UP) Jagdambika Pal too claimed the truck that hit the car — in which the girl, her family members and lawyers were travelling — belonged to a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and charged the Congress with raising the issue to ‘spoil’ the image of the BJP.

Though the Congress had given notice for an adjournment motion – a parliamentary move to suspend all other business and take up the matter on which a notice is being given – Speaker Om Birla didn’t allow it.

He, however, allowed members to speak on the issue after pointing out that issues related to States should not be raised in the House as Opposition continued with their protests.

When the Opposition continued to raise slogans in the well for over close to 40 minutes, BJP member Meenakshi Lekhi, who was chairing the proceedings at that point, said the Opposition was indulging in politics over the issue. She pointed out that the matter was being investigated by the CBI and asked the Opposition to be constructive.

“Whatever is the truth, it will come out,” she said, urging protesting members to go back to their seats.

Opposition members including those of the Congress, Trinamool, BSP and DMK walked out of the House to register their protest.

Before the proceedings started, at 11 in the morning, senior MPs from the Congress, Trinamool, DMK, SP, and AAP among others had gathered outside the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex with placards and posters to protest over the issue.

Those who took part included Jaya Bachchan and Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), A. Raja and Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Sudeep Bandopadhyaya and Derek O’ Brien (Trinamool), Anand Sharma, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and Shashi Tharoor (Congress) and T K Rangarajan (CPI-M).

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