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12 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs to stage protest at Gandhi statue on Wednesday

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  • Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu refused to revoke the suspension order issued on Monday, the first day of the Winter Session

 

New Delhi: The 12 MPs who had been suspended from the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the first day of the Winter Session of the Parliament, will hold a dharna in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday.

The MPs have been suspended for the rest of the session.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge called it a unprecedented and undemocratic act. “It is a blatant violation of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States. We demand that this suspension of the twelve members be revoked,” he had tweeted.

 

Opposition parties meet over suspension

Members of Opposition parties met in Kharge’s office on Tuesday morning to discuss the suspension matter. They decided to meet Naidu and press for revocation of the suspension order.

In the House, Kharge argued that proper rules had not been followed in the suspension of the MPs and demanded that the order be revoked.

However, this demand was rejected by Naidu, who said that the suspended MPs did have any remorse and hence the order would not be revoked. He also pointed at comments made by a few MPs in their interaction with the media.

Following his refusal, Opposition members of a few parties staged a walk-out.

 

 

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