BJP MPs give breach of privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi for observing silence for farmers killed in agitation

'Time to choose a side,' says Rahul Gandhi as Congress accuses Centre of trying to divide and intimidate farmers

The three BJP MPs in Lok Sabha said that the Congress leader directed his party members to observe silence without taking permission from the Speaker

File image of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. PTI

New Delhi: Three BJP members in Lok Sabha on Friday moved a breach of privilege notice against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, saying by asking members to observe silence to mourn death of farmers during agitation without the permission of the Chair was a contempt of the House.

Rahul on Thursday led his party members and those from the TMC and the DMK to observe a two-minute silence by standing to mourn the death of farmers during the ongoing agitation. Claiming that “200 farmers” have died during protests, he had said he was doing this as the government has not paid tributes to them.

This was perhaps for the first time in recent history that some members stood in silence to mourn deaths without being asked to do so by the Chair. BJP MPs Sanjay Jaiswal, Rakesh Singh and PP Chaudhary moved notice against Rahul.

Jaiswal said that the Congress leader directed his party members to observe silence without taking permission from the Speaker. “The House should take action against him,” he said.

Singh alleged that Rahul has shown an unparliamentary behaviour and that has impacted the dignity of Parliament.

He alleged that the former president works against the rules of Parliament. Sharing similar views, Chaudhary said that: “It is gross misconduct and it is a serious breach of privilege”.

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