On Monday, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress Parliamentarians for five days for "willfully obstructing the business of the house" and not adhering to her repeated warnings for observing rules in the house.

Wearing black arm bands, all major Congress leaders of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, including former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, former union ministers Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad and Congress leader of the house in the lower house Mallikarjun Kharge joined the protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue outside the main gate of the Parliament building.

"Down with Narendra Modi", "We want justice", and "Shame on you dictator", were the slogans raised by Congress members. Sonia Gandhi said that the suspension of 25 MPs of the Congress by Mahajan was "anti-democratic" and described it as "murder" of democracy.

"It's duty of the government to run the house. The way our MPs were suspended, was anti-democratic. Democracy is being murdered," she told the media.

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