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Cong supporting TMC's blockade in RS to stop Shah from speaking: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP today said the is supporting Trinamool Congress's "blockade" of the to prevent its from speaking in the House.

called it undemocratic and a new low in parliamentary democracy.

members stormed into the Well of the House minutes after began speaking on agrarian issues.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for the day due to unrelenting protests by the

At a press conference, he also accused the of being "anti-Dalit and anti-tribal" as the Rajya Sabha's agenda had included a debate on a bill to strengthen a law on atrocities against Dalits but it could not be taken up due to adjournment.

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill yesterday.

Hitting back at the TMC, he said in a jibe that people knew how much respect it had for democracy, referring to reports of violence during local body polls in and election of many party members unopposed, allegedly due to threats to opposition nominees.

Opposition members had disrupted Shah's speech in the House during a debate on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in as well.

That time Shah had addressed a press conference to hit out at the and the

The said the TMC had the "patronage" of the Congress in the House.

He said Naidu had elicited views from all other parties as the TMC protested and every party except the Congress said they wanted the debate to continue.

The Congress gave an ambiguous and wishy-washy reply, he said, accusing it of supporting the TMC's blockade of the House.

Will the of a party which is in power in the country and in 20 states be not allowed to speak in the Rajya Sabha, he asked, wondering what kind of precedence the opposition parties are setting.

The Congress is running away from a debate on agriculture as it would expose the party as the had done a lot for farmers while the UPA did little in its 10 years rule, he said.

Prasad quoted a recent article of noted farm expert M S Swaminathan, who had played a crucial role in green revolution in India, to support his claims. Swaminathan had credited the with taking a number of initiatives in the sector.

Asked about a poem TMC had penned to target the BJP on the issue of NRC, he said she should also write one on the blot she brought to democracy during the local body polls in her state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 18:05 IST
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