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8 Rajya Sabha MPs suspended

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Eight Rajya Sabha MPs belonging to Opposition parties on Monday were suspended from the Rajya Sabha.

The suspension came after the MPs vehemently protested against the passage of the two controversial farm bills resulting in chaos within the house. The suspension is for a period of one week.

The government moved a motion for the suspension of the Opposition MPs for “bringing disrepute” to the House. The motion was approved by the House amid protests from Opposition leaders.

Who have been suspended?

Among those suspended for unruly behaviour includes TMC MPs Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen. Apart from the TMC MPs, AAP MP Sanjay Singh, and Congress MPs Rajeev Satav, Syed Nasir Hussain and Ripun Borah were also suspended. Also, CPI(M) MP KK Ragesh and Elamaram Kareem have been also suspended.

Notice for no-confidence motion against Harivansh rejected

This apart, Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu also rejected a notice for no-confidence motion against deputy chairman Harivash Singh. The notice for the no-confidence motion was rejected on the ground that proper procedure was not followed.

Naidu condemned the unruly behaviour and “threats” to Harivansh during the passage of the farm bills.

What had happened in Rajya Sabha on Sunday?

On Sunday, the Rajya Sabha turned into a battlefield. Senior leaders charged towards the deputy chairman, gheraoed him, uprooted microphones, jumped up on tables, flouted rules to shoot videos of the ruckus and shouted slogans. Authorities called marshals to form a double-layered barricade to protect the Chair, remove an MP from the table, muted live proceedings and refused to accept the Opposition’s demand for a division—voting through paper ballots—on the bills.

The high-pitched protests were also the most aggressive in recent years and continued even after the House was adjourned at 1pm. Opposition parties sat in Rajya Sabha for the next two hours and drafted a no-confidence motion against newly re-elected Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh before firing salvoes against the government on Twitter.

PM Modi hails passage of the bills as “watershed moment”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the passage of the farm bills as a “watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture”.

On Sunday night, he tweeted: “A watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture! Congratulations to our hardworking farmers on the passage of key bills in Parliament, which will ensure a complete transformation of the agriculture sector as well as empower crores of farmers.”

He also said: “Our agriculture sector is in desperate need of latest technology that assists the industrious farmers. Now, with the passage of the bills, our farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results. This is a welcome step.”

The PM added: “For decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen. The bills passed by Parliament liberate the farmers from such adversities. These bills will add impetus to the efforts to double the income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them.”

 

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