Opposition unity was broken on the very first day, Congress did not get the support of SP-TMC in the condemnation motion against emergency!

From supporting the motion on emergency to losing the Speaker’s election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday questioned the opposition unity on the third day of the 18th Lok Sabha. BJP leader Amit Malviya wrote on X that opposition unity is a myth. Many parties in the India Alliance supported the motion on emergency, while the Congress tried to hide its face. There was no unanimity in the opposition even on demanding a voice vote or division of votes during the Speaker’s election. Rahul Gandhi failed for the third time on his first day as the leader of the opposition. Losing the Speaker’s election was a big victory.

BJP’s Shehzad Poonawalla even thanked the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for their role. “Wow, when Congress opposed the resolution condemning Emergency, SP, DMK, TMC MPs walked away from it! There’s INDI alliance going on…,” he posted on Twitter. While the ruling BJP is far from a simple majority, the Congress-led opposition Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) has got the leader of opposition post after a decade.

Meanwhile, it is being claimed that SP and TMC supported the resolution against the Emergency, which disappointed the Congress and delighted the BJP. Speaker Om Birla recalled the Emergency imposed on June 25, 1975, saying the House strongly condemns it. He lauded the determination of those who opposed the Emergency, fought against its atrocities and upheld the responsibility of protecting democracy. Birla emphasised that the day will always be remembered as a dark chapter in India’s history. He said former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed the Emergency, which he termed as an attack on the Constitution drafted by Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The Speaker underlined India’s reputation as the world’s largest democracy, highlighting its values ‚Äč‚Äčthat support debate and democratic principles.

During Birla’s remarks, Congress members protested by raising slogans against the government and accused it of weakening the Constitution. The House also observed a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives during the Emergency. After this, the House adopted a resolution condemning the imposition of Emergency and the proceedings of the House were adjourned for the day. Earlier, various leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav congratulated Om Birla on being elected Lok Sabha Speaker on Wednesday and expressed confidence that the 18th Lok Sabha will function smoothly under his chairmanship and he will play a big role in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the country.

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