In the midst of escalating tensions between the ruling and opposition factions concerning the breach of Parliament security and the subsequent suspension of 14 members, a senior leader from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) reportedly proposed a course of action during a meeting on Friday. Sources revealed that T R Baalu, a prominent figure in the DMK, suggested that all opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) should stage protests and willingly face suspension in a show of solidarity.
During the pre-session meeting of the INDIA bloc on Friday morning, held prior to the convening of the House, Baalu articulated his stance, emphasizing the need for continued opposition protests within both Houses and advocating for a collective suspension to support their fellow MPs. Specific reference was made to the suspension of Derek O’Brien from the Rajya Sabha, with Baalu asserting, “We all should continue our protest…and let them suspend all of us. We should not leave them (the suspended MPs) alone,” as reported by a source present at the meeting.
Following this strategic discussion, the opposition, as a united front, has decided to implement this approach in both Houses. N K Premachandran, leader of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), confirmed the decision, stating, “The INDIA bloc MPs, including leaders, have decided to take placards to both the Houses and get suspended in solidarity with the others.” This move comes in response to the suspension of thirteen MPs from the Lok Sabha for the remainder of the Winter Session due to their perceived “unruly behavior” while demanding a statement from Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the Parliament security breach and a subsequent discussion on the matter in the House. Additionally, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien faced suspension from the Rajya Sabha.
The repercussions of this decision were evident on Friday, as both Houses witnessed immediate adjournments shortly after the 11 am meeting. In the Lok Sabha, opposition MPs swiftly converged at the well of the House, brandishing placards bearing messages such as ‘Save Democracy, Down Fascism’ and ‘We want PM and HM to come to the House to make a statement’. Simultaneously, they vocalized their dissent through slogans. The scene escalated when Congress MP Anto Antony ascended the steps near the Speaker’s chair, attempting to obstruct the secretary general.
This orchestrated demonstration reflects the opposition’s firm stance against the suspension of their colleagues and their determination to use parliamentary platforms to voice their concerns. The decision to willingly face suspension as a unified front showcases a strategic move aimed at drawing attention to the perceived injustice and fostering a sense of collective responsibility among opposition MPs. As events unfold, the parliamentary landscape is likely to witness further polarization and heightened rhetoric from both the ruling and opposition sides.