Rajya Sabha MPs Suspended: Nineteen opposition MPs have been suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the rest of the week for disrupting today’s session.
BJP’s Piyush Goyal said, “The decision to suspend the opposition MPs from Rajya Sabha was taken with a heavy heart. They kept ignoring the appeals of the Chairman.” Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Mr Goel said, “Government is ready for a debate on price hike after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recovers and returns to Parliament.”
The latest round of suspension comes a day after four Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha dealt with a similar action for the entire monsoon session ending on August 12, keeping placards inside the House despite Speaker Om Birla’s warning to behave. For.
The House was adjourned for an hour today after the suspended opposition MPs did not turn up and continued their dharna.
The action against the 19 Rajya Sabha MPs will likely add to the opposition’s fury against the government, which they claim was an attempt to silence voices questioning the economic and social policies of the ruling coalition.
“This government has suspended democracy,” Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien told reporters today.
The suspended Rajya Sabha MPs are:
Sushmita Dev, Trinamool Congress
Mausam Noor, Trinamool Congress
Shanta Chhetri, Trinamool Congress
Dola Sen, Trinamool Congress
Santanu Sen, Trinamool Congress
Abhi Ranjan Biswar, Trinamool Congress
Md. Nadimul Haque, Trinamool Congress
M Hamamed Abdulla, DMK
B Lingaiah Yadav, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)
A.A. Rahim, CPI (M)
Ravihandra Vaddiraju, TRS
S Kalyanasundaram, DMK
R Girranjan, DMK
NR Elango, DMK
V Sivadasan, CPI(M)
M Shanmugam, DMK
Damodar Rao Divakonda, TRS
Sandosh Kumar P, CPI
Kanimozhi NVN Somu, DMK
Opposition MPs in the Rajya Sabha have been demanding an urgent discussion on issues like price hike and the Goods and Services Tax, or GST, hike for the past several days, causing disruption in the House.
The opposition is demanding that the discussion be held under Rule 267 (Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Rajya Sabha). The issue being raised is raised by suspending the day’s listed trading under this rule.
“You can suspend us but you can’t silence us. Pathetic situation – our honorable MPs are trying to raise people’s issues but they are being suspended. How long will this last? A huge compromise on the sanctity of the Parliament is done,” the Trinamool Congress tweeted.