Opposition is united’: says Raut, CM Thackeray to attend Sonia Gandhi’s CM meet

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday said that “opposition is united” against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. He also informed that he will meet Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on August 20, when she will speak to the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states, along with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

Slamming the centre over the ruckus that ensued in Parliament during the last day of the monsoon session, Raut said the security marshals were called in yesterday during the passage of the insurance amendment bill to privatise general insurance companies in the upper house.

While speaking to ANI, the Shiv Sena leader said, “Do you want to scare us? Today we will be meeting in Mallikarjun Kharge’s chamber and decide what to do.”

He also alleged that the opposition got no chance to present their views in Parliament. “Yesterday’s incident against women MPs was against democracy. It felt like we were standing at the Pakistan border.”

Lashing out at the central government by posting a photo from the photo of the incident, Raut tweeted. “Is this our parliamentary Democracy? Marshall law in Temple of Democracy.”

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Wednesday, had alleged that opposition members “manhandled marshals” in the Rajya Sabha and their behaviour during the session was a “black spot in the history of Indian democracy”.

Two days before the scheduled conclusion, both the houses, Rajya and Lok Sabha have been adjourned sine die on Wednesday.

The opposition continuously protested and forced adjournments during the monsoon session, for their other demands including the repelling of new farm laws and a probe into allegations of surveillance through Israeli Pegasus spyware.

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