Suspended MPs stage sit-in protest near Gandhi statue

Suspended eight Rajya Sabha MPs staging a sit-in protest near Gandhi statue.

New Delhi: The eight opposition Rajya Sabha MPs, who have been suspended for the remainder of the Monsoon session of Parliament over the ruckus on Sunday, staged a sit-in protest near the Gandhi statue in Parliament.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the fifth time on Monday, due to incessant protests against the suspension of the MPs.

Despite several requests, the suspended MPs refused to leave the premises, thereby halting further proceedings inside the House. The opposition parties are likely to meet the President in this regard.

The eight members — Derek O Brien, Sanjay Singh, Rajiv Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain and Elamaran Kareem — refused to leave the House. So, the government said that the House cannot function, unless the suspended parliamentarians are removed.

Suspension motion approved by voice vote

The Government moved a motion for the suspension of the eight MPs, which was approved by a voice vote. This came after Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected a notice for a no-confidence motion against deputy chairman Harivansh. He termed it as not in proper format and did not give a 14-day notice period.

Naidu expressed “deep pain” over yesterday’s incident and passed the motion of suspension against the eight opposition MPs.

Condemning their behaviour, Naidu said, Harivansh informed him that he was “abused with objectionable words” and “would have been harmed also.”

Soon after the House adopted the motion for the suspension of eight MPs, the Chairman asked them to leave. But they continued to stay, protesting against the ruling.

The uproar in RS broke out over the Deputy Chairman’s decision to extend the session beyond the scheduled 1pm. The Opposition requested him to continue discussions on the contentious farm Bills the next day, but he overruled their pleas. The House witnessed tumultuous scenes during the passage of the contentious farm bills as members from Opposition parties snatched and threw papers from the table and even broke the chairman’s mic.


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