The opposition has chosen the entrance of the parliament for their 50-hour protest against the suspension of the parliamentarians. On Wednesday, five members of parliament have announced that they will stage a protest outside the parliament. Several opposition leaders shared photos of MPs on the second night under the sky. In the pictures, we can see members of parliament sleeping in mosquito nets.
Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien, in a tweet at 1 am, urged the Parliament to revoke the suspension of the 27 MPs who were suspended for attending a discussion on raising money.
“Update. It’s one in the morning. # Parliament 29 July (sic),” wrote Derek O’Brien.
The 50-hour long sit-in, which is likely to end around 12 noon today, began in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi inside the Parliament premises. The spot was chosen as the protesters wanted to remind Prime Minister Modi of the promise he made when he arrived in Parliament in 2014. “We want to remind Modi of the promise he made when he arrived on the first day, that’s where it has arrived. touch your forehead on the stairs,” said a leader.
Later they placed the protest at the entrance of the parliament building during heavy rain.
Due to heavy rain, the 50hr dharna has been moved from Gandhi statue #Legislature first mouth
29 hours down. 21 hours to go. Oppn MLAs are also in Dharna asking Govt to cancel suspension of 27 MLAs (now) and discuss #Rising Value#GST@SanjayAzadSln sing your version of a golden hit. Enjoy the video! pic.twitter.com/wWejot3rKO
– Derek O’Brien | Д’бриен (@derekobrienmp) July 28, 2022
The MPs who spent the night outside Parliament were Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Sanjay Singh, Trinamool Congress leaders Santanu Sen, Dola Sen, Abir Ranjan Biswas, and Derek O’Brien and TRS’s Ravichandra Vaddiraju. Some leaders from DMK and Left Parties are also part of the party.
Yesterday, the MLAs were served a lunch of idli by the DMK while the Trinamool served them fried fish and tandoori chicken. This sparked a controversy with BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawala objecting to non-vegetarian food being served in front of the statue of Gandhi.