India: sitting adjourned in Parliament after protest over the expulsion of Rahul Gandhi
Opposition leader Rahul Ghandi at a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday (March 25th). AP - Altaf Qadri
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In India, the lower house of parliament was suspended on Monday morning, March 27, after protests by opposition members. They denounce the expulsion of Rahul Gandhi, leader of the Indian National Congress, the largest opposition party in this chamber.
With our correspondent in India, Sébastien Farcis
Many opposition MPs were dressed in black on Monday morning in the lower house of parliament. And as soon as the speaker of the assembly arrived, they started shouting and holding placards denouncing Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from parliament.
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The President barely took the time to sit down when he announced the suspension of the sitting, before leaving under a shower of torn papers, and as a sign landed on his desk.
Regional parties joined the Congress Party in this condemnation, and also dressed in black. This shows a new unity in the ranks of the opposition, and the beginning of the formation of a common front against the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party).
However, it will be much more difficult for them to find a common agenda, if they stand together before voters in this year's regional elections, or in next year's federal legislative elections. Rahul Gandhi was disqualified on Friday, March 24, the day after he was sentenced to two years in prison for defamation, because of remarks accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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