Rahul Meets Lok Sabha Speaker Amid Demands for Apology on Democracy Remarks

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Rahul Gandhi said that he is hopeful that he will be allowed to speak in Parliament on Friday. As four ministers have spoken against him, so he has the right to speak in the house, said the Congress leader.

NEW DELHI — Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday, seeking time to make his position clear regarding his comments made on democracy being violated, in London.

The meeting took place just before the lower House was to reassemble at 2 p.m.

Gandhi is learnt to have met Birla in his chamber at around 1:45 p.m.

BJP MPs have been demanding the Congress leader’s apology for his remarks, and have been stalling the proceedings of Parliament over the matter for the past four days.

In Lok Sabha, amid protests by treasury benches and opposition members, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Choudhary could be seen gesturing towards the Chair, indicating that Gandhi wanted to speak.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi said that he is hopeful that he will be allowed to speak in Parliament on Friday.

Gandhi said that he had met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday, and as four ministers have spoken against him, so he has the right to speak in the house.

“I am hopeful that I will be allowed to speak at the floor of the house as an MP, I have responsibility to the parliament,” he said, but added that he doubts that he will be allowed and this is the “test of democracy”.

“… I spoke about Adani in parliament but it was expunged… the government and Prime Minister are fearful about Adani. This is distraction as the PM wants to avoid questions on the issue,” he claimed.

Earlier, Gandhi said he will speak in the house, if allowed and he has not spoken anything which is anti-India.

Parliament was adjourned for the day on Thursday amid ruckus by treasury and opposition members in both Houses. — IANS

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