8 Suspended RS MPs Continue Sit-in Overnight

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The eight opposition members of the Rajya Sabha who were suspended on Sunday for the rest of the session were seen protesting in the Parliament premises on Monday and spent the night on the lawns before joining other opposition leaders to walk to President Ram Nath Kovind’s official residence to bring his attention to the issue.

The eight MPs including Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Ripun Bora have staged sit-in in front of the Gandhi statue inside the Parliament premises for suspending them from the house for unruly behaviour with the Deputy Chairman of the Upper House.

The suspended members, who were told they had displayed “unruly behavior especially with the Chair and gross disorderly conduct”, had refused to leave the House while the opposition protested loudly against the action, causing five adjournments of the Rajya Sabha.

The opposition said the members should have been given a chance to explain and demanded a vote on their suspension, but the Rajya Sabha said the decision was based on a government motion.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu also condemned the issue saying “I am pained at what happened on Sunday. It defies logic. It is a bad day for Rajya Sabha.”

He said the members threw papers, wrenched mics away, “physically threatened” Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh and even abused him.

“I am naming Mr Derek O Brien. Please go out of the house,” Mr Naidu said, as he named the suspended members.

But the eight suspended MPs didn’t budge, even after the house adjourned, and one of them even called for a blanket and pillows for an overnight stake-out. Later, they protested on the lawns of the parliament complex.

“When the chairman names a member then that member has to leave the House. Never before has a member defied the orders of the Chair. Eight suspended MPs had misbehaved, it was a type of ”goondaism”. They have proved that they have no trust in democracy,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters.

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