The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday announced it will boycott the Lok Sabha for five days to show solidarity with 25 Congress lawmakers who were suspended for disrupting House proceedings in Parliament.
The Congress has continuously disrupted the House ever since the Monsoon Session began 10 days ago. They are demanding resignations of three top BJP leaders including Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhyra Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.
Although Congress earlier seemed isolated in their resignation demands, other parties like AAP, Trinamool Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have also now come out in support.
Jantakareporter.com was one of the first to report that Rs 2.5 lakhs is being lost every minute as a result of the Parliament logjam. If the whole Monsoon Session is wiped out, the cost borne by the exchequer will be Rs 162 crores.
AAP party, which is among the sharpest critics of Congress, had also recently attended a floor coordination meeting along with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
“The opposition needs to be united, for that we are with the Congress,” said AAP’s Bhagwant Mann, who is one of the four of the party’s MPs in Lok Sabha.
An all-party meeting was called on Monday by BJP leaders to reach consensus but it failed miserably as a no resolution motion was passed.
“We want House to function. There are various issues related to Bengal which we want to raise,” said Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandopadhyay after the meet.
Earlier, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had made it clear that her party would allow no discussions in Parliament unless its demand over resignation of three top BJP leaders was met.
“Our stand is very clear… there is a mountain of incontrovertible evidence in the public domain for the Prime Minister to require the resignations of the External Affairs Minister and the two chief ministers,” Gandhi had said during a Congress panel meet earlier in the day.
The BJP has so far ruled out any resignations.