A protest was staged today by the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the TDP in the Lok Sabha demanding immediate introduction of a bill to strengthen the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act and protection of Bengalis in Assam following the publication of draft NRC. As soon as the house took up the day’s business, opposition members trooped in the well and sought suspension of the question hour to discuss the issues.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said protection of Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes was very important and the law regarding it must be strengthened.
Kharge claimed that 25 per cent population has become vulnerable to atrocities following the march 20 Supreme Court order related to the act and demanded immediate introduction of an amendment bill to strengthen the law.
The union cabinet had yesterday given its nod to a bill to restore original provisions of the law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals.
TDP members, who too came to the well, raised the demand of special status for Andhra Pradesh.