New Delhi, Aug 10: In what could be termed as a setback to the Congress, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said he won't support the party if it doesn't stops agitating in the Parliament.
As per an India Today report, Mulayam told Congress MPs during a meeting of opposition parties called by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Samajwadi Party supremo reportedly told Congress MPs, "Democracy cannot be held hostage to whims and fancies of a party."
Sources in Parliament said Mulayam's ultimatum was supported by the Nationalist Congress Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Janata Dal (United), the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, effectively isolating the Congress as it takes on the NDA government in the Monsoon Session.
However, Mulayam's warning seemed to have made no impact on as they returned to disrupt the proceedings of the Lok Sabha today and stormed into the Well holding placards and shouting slogans, much to the dismay of the Speaker.
The 25 Congress members, whose five-day suspension by the Speaker had ended on Friday evening, were back in the House in full strength.
Mulayam's suggestion did not find favour with Congress as party chief Sonia Gandhi was seen saying "no" and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge suggesting that the SP leader was giving his individual views. As Yadav again sought to press his point, Gandhi was seen telling partymen to resume slogan shouting in the Well, which was temporarily stopped when the SP chief was speaking.
(With inputs from agencies)