Cong disrupts Parl over Arunachal; Govt says it has no role

Cong disrupts Parl over Arunachal; Govt says it has no role

Parliament was today repeatedly disrupted as Congress created uproar over the "alarming" developments in Arunachal Pradesh, alleging efforts to "destabilise" its government there and targeting the central government which asserted that it had no role in it.

Congress members also staged a walkout from Lok Sabha while alleging "murder of democracy" and "constitutional crisis" in the state. Some other parties like JD(U) and Left supported their contention.

The main opposition party forced repeated adjournments of Rajya Sabha and ensured its early adjournment for the day with its members continuously raising slogans in the Well.

In the Lok Sabha, the matter was raised by Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said who said there was a "constitutional crisis" in Arunachal Pradesh and accused the BJP of creating a divide among the Congress MLAs in the state.

"What is happening in Arunachal Pradesh in undemocratic, unconstitutional. They are killing democracy, destroying democracy...," Kharge said.

He made a scathing attack on the role of the Governor but Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai ordered that all remarks against the Governor should be expunged.

"Congress has two-third MLAs, 47 MLAs in the legislative assembly... This government is behaving in a way such that they divide the Congress... They have removed the Speaker... They want to form government in the state," Kharge alleged.

"Few days back Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has said 'D' stands for disruption. But here 'D' stands for destroying democracy," Kharge said following which Congress staged a walk out from the House.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said "there is no role of the Central Government. Yesterday the Chief Minister went to meet the Governor for discussions, but there they accused and abused the Governor. They are bringing shame.

"They have locked the Assembly, surprising things are happening. You may quit if you don't have majority. You cannot discuss the conduct of the Governor... Decision of Governor cannot be questioned. They are abusing Governor and accusing the Government, this is not acceptable... If they have any problem they should go to the Court," Naidu said.

He said the Governor has "acted within the Constitution and he has been informing the President (of the happenings)".

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