The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Reject this Throttling of Parliament
The suspension of 4 opposition MPs of the Lok Sabha and 20 MPs of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha including two MPs of the CPI(M) on successive days is a serious blow to the democratic functioning of Parliament. It is also an assault on the basic rights of freedom of expression of members of Parliament.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) calls upon the Union Government to immediately withdraw these anti-democratic measurers.
The central government is passing important legislations through the din created by government sponsored disruptions. The CPI(M) demands that no legislation should be passed without a proper structured discussion. This BJP central government is undermining the parliament of discharging its responsibility and legislating on important matters working people life and death issues. This must stop.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) extends the Party’s full support to the call given by the kisan organisations for a countrywide massive protest action on September 25.
The CPI(M) demands that the government put the project on hold and first discuss it in the Parliament as it concerns the reconstruction, redevelopment and expansion of the Parliament building which is unique to Delhi, country’s capital.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly protests the visit of some Members of Parliament from various European countries with rightwing credentials to Kashmir valley orchestrated by the Modi government.
1. That at the end of the Motion, the following be added namely : “but regret that there is no mention in the Address about the serious situation arising in the Central Institutions of Higher education with specific reference to JNU, Hyderabad Central University and IIT Chennai."
2. That at the end of the Motion, the following be added namely: “but regret that there is no mention in the Address about the growing intolerance manifesting the violence and spread of communal polarization in the country."
Though this is not a special session, as the CPI(M) demanded, these two days must be utilized for ensuring that the attention of the entire country is focused on this shameful scourge of Indian society -- inequality on the basis of birth and descent -- and on the urgent need to take comprehensive and strong measures to eliminate it.
The BJP displays selective amnesia by forgetting that the Rajya Sabha functioned for just two per cent of the time in the 2010 winter session. The BJP then led the disruption demanding action against those involved in corruption belonging to the then UPA government led by Dr. Manmohan Singh. “What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander” is wisdom of an old saying that the BJP refuses to learn from.