Fight between Congress, members of BJP in Lok Sabha; two parliamentarians allege assault
NEW DELHI: The Lok sabha witnessed chaotic scenes when it reopened for the Budget session on Monday, with the BJP and members pushing and pushing each other during opposition protests over recent violence in Delhi.
As soon as the Chamber met at 2 p.m., opposition members began raising slogans from the Well against the government and demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Amit Shah.
They then entered the area of treasure banks with a black banner, while President Om Birla continued with the House procedures.
This angered many BJP members, including many from back benches, to rush towards the Congress members.
The members of both sides began to push and push each other, after which the procedure was postponed until 3 p.m. and then again until 4 p.m.
Expressing anguish over the dispute, President Birla said he does not want to lead the House in such circumstances.
I am personally hurt by the events in the Chamber. It doesn't hurt. I don't want to start a process in such circumstances ... Everyone should deliberate to ensure that the dignity of the House is maintained, he said.
He said senior members of the House should do their part to make sure it works smoothly.
Both parties resorted to the blame game after the lower chamber was suspended for the day.
BJP 's chief whip in Lok sabha , Sanjay Jaiswal, who was speaking during the commotion, said the scuffle happened as Congress members approached his seat holding a banner to obstruct him from speaking.
Jaiswal said Congress members approached him aggressively and placed the placard in front of his face, following which BJP members came to his rescue, but Congress members started pushing them.
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Meanwhile, Congress MP lodged a complaint with Speaker Om Birla alleging that she was assaulted by a BJP woman inside the lower house and sought immediate action over the matter.
"On March 2, at 3pm, inside Lok sabha , I was physically assaulted by MP Jaskaur Meena ( BJP parliamentarian from Rajasthan)," Haridas said in her complaint.
In her complaint to Birla, she asked if such things were repeatedly happening to her because she was a Dalit and a woman. She sought action against the BJP MP.
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Interestingly, BJP 's Meena filed a counter-complaint against the Congress after Haridas' allegations.
A group of women MPs from BJP met Birla to raise the issue of the alleged attack on Meena and Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje.