Vastavam web: In a rare instance, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday joined his party members in raising slogans in Lok Sabha over the developments in Karnataka. However, he remained seated and did not go in the Well of the House with the other protesting MPs. Gandhi arrived in Lok Sabha at noon just before the commencement of Zero Hour. At that time Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tried to raise the Karnataka issue and accused the BJP of “poaching” its MLAs in the state. He was, however, disallowed by Speaker Om Birla saying the matter was discussed in the House on Monday and Deputy Leader of Lok Sabha Rajnath Singh had responded to the charges.
“It is your duty to save democracy,” a Congress member said. Unsatisfied with the Speaker’s response, Chowdhury again tried to raise the issue. He scribbled a few slogans on a piece of paper and gave it to his fellow MPs sitting behind him, who promptly raised them. The members raised slogans like “Down with dictatorship” (Tanashahi band karo), “Stop the politics of poaching” (Shikar ki rajneeti band karo) and “We want justice”.
Gandhi also joined them in raising slogans but remained seated in the front row of the opposition benches. His pitch was not as high as the others and he repeated the last words of the slogans. Sonia Gandhi was also sitting next to him. It was a rare instance when Rahul Gandhi was seen participating in sloganeering in the House.