Following the suspension of eight Opposition MPs for “unruly behaviour” during the passage of the controversial farm bills, several Opposition parties led by Congress on Tuesday staged a walkout in Rajya Sabha.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, while speaking after the Zero Hour, said Opposition will boycott the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha till the suspension of the MPs is not revoked.
Azad also demanded that the government brings a bill that should ensure private players don’t procure food grains below the minimum support price (MSP) fixed by the government. He also asked the government that the MSP should be fixed from time to time as the C2 Swaminathan formula.
The Congress was the first to walkout from the House along with members of the AAP, Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Left parties.
The members of all these three parties are among those who have been suspended by the House for the remainder of the monsoon session.
The eight opposition MPs were suspended on Monday over “unruly behaviour” as chaos in Rajya Sabha ensued over passage of Farm Bills.
Rajya Sabha chairman appeals Opposition to rethink decision
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has appealed to the Opposition parties to rethink their decision to boycott House proceedings.
“I appeal to all members to rethink their decision of boycott and participate in the discussion,” Naidu said in the House.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said: “The government is not hell-bent upon keeping the suspended MPs out of the House.” He added that the government will look into it, if the suspended MPs express regret.
Former PM HD Deve Gowda said the government and Opposition should sit together to run the House.
Meanwhile, the eight suspended MPs which include TMC leader Derek O’Brien and Sanjay Singh of AAP are continuing the protest outside the parliament.
Harivansh’s one-day fast
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh has declared a one-day fast till tomorrow, expressing anguish over opposition attacks in parliament during the vote on the government’s farm bills.
Harivansh announced his fast shortly after he met eight Rajya Sabha opposition members protesting on the lawns in the parliament complex and offered them tea, a gesture that the parliamentarians snubbed. The eight members were suspended yesterday over the unprecedented drama in the Rajya Sabha over the farm bills on Sunday, when Harivansh was chairing the proceedings.
In a letter to Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Harivansh wrote that he “will observe a one-day fast till tomorrow as he was anguished over opposition attacks in the House”.
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