The eight suspended Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament (MPs,) continued a protest by staging a dharna outside the parliament.
On the 21st of September, the Parliament suspended 8 MPs including Derek O’ Brien, Dola Sen, Sanjay Singh and others for their unruly behavior.
Eight members were from the Indian National Congress (INC,) – Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora, Syed Naseer Hussain, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI (M,) – K.K. Ragesh and Elamaram Kareem, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) – Derek O’ Brien and Dola Sen and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – Sanjay Singh. were suspended for the remaining part of the Monsoon Session.
The Parliament Monsoon Session is likely to end this week. Initially it was scheduled to end on the 1st of October, but due to the Novel Coronavirus, the Parliament decided to curtail the session.
The Rajya Sabha suspended the eight MPs for their aggression, including threat of physical harm and use of abusive language to the Deputy Chairman of the House, Harivansh Singh, during the passage of two farm Bills.
M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha said, “It is a bad day for Rajya Sabha… Is dancing in the House, tearing papers and throwing rulebook at the Deputy Chairman parliamentary conduct?” He further added, “It is unfortunate, unacceptable and condemnable. It tarnished the image of Parliament, particularly the House of the Elders. I suggest to members of Parliament, please do some introspection. I was so pained yesterday, All social distancing and covid-19 related precautions were violated by some members of the House yesterday. What happened yesterday defies logic. It was a really bad day for the Rajya Sabha. Some members came to well of the House, threw paper, reached (for the) mike of the deputy chairman, hurled papers at him and abused him. The rule book was thrown at him. Some of the members also accepted outside that they did it.”
However, the suspended members refused to leave the Upper House and staged a protest.
The MPs went on an indefinite dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, seeking revocation of their suspension.
The MPs said they should have been given a chance to explain themselves.
The protest outside the parliament house is still continuing.
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