- The Bill to repeal farm laws was passed in both Houses in record time; 12 Rajya Sabha MPs have been suspended for ‘indiscipline’ the rest of the Winter Session
New Delhi: On the first day of the Winter Session of the Parliament, 12 MPs in the Rajya Sabha were suspended for the rest of the session for ‘indiscipline’.
The maximum number of suspended MPs are from Congress (6), followed by two each from TMC and Shiv Sena and one each from CPM and CPI.
These are Elamaram Kareem (CPM), Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, R Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh from Congrss, Binoy Viswam of CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of Trinamool Congress, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai of Shiv Sena.
Opposition parties demanded discussion on the Bill to repeal farm laws. However, after an adjournment it was passed in the Lok Sabha without any discussion within minutes of agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar introducing it.
Similar chaos erupted in the Rajya Sabha when the Bill was introduced.
The Upper House was adjourned soon after passing the Bill.
Suspended MPs react
Reacting to the suspension Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said, “An accused is heard everywhere, from district court to Supreme Court. Lawyers are provided for them too. Sometimes, government officials are sent to take their version. Here, our version wasn’t taken.”
“If you see the CCTV footage, it shows how male marshals were jostling female MPs All this on one side and your decision on the other? What kind of unparliamentary behaviour is this?” she asked.
Congress MP Chhaya Verma called the suspension unfair and unjust. “There were other members of other parties who created a ruckus but the chairman suspended me. PM Modi is doing just as he wishes since he enjoys a brute majority.”
Why the haste?
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “We want that there should be a discussion on the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021. But with the passing of this Bill in Lok Sabha in a haste, they (govt) just want to prove that they are in the favour of farmers.”
He added that the government was wrong in saying that there was never any discussion on Repeal Bills, which is why it would not allow discussion on Repeal of Farm Laws Bill.
According to sources, the government may get the Bill signed by the President by Monday night itself.
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