Rough treatment to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman to be election issue

People of Bihar are deeply hurt at the humiliation Harivansh ji was subjected to:  Ravi Shankar Prasad

Rough treatment to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman to be election issue

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh conducts proceedings as ruckus erupts in the upper house over agriculture related bills. PTI photo.

Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 21

The rough treatment meted out to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh by Opposition members in the House on Sunday will be an election issue in the upcoming Assembly election in Bihar, due in October-November.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday gave a strong indication of this while talking about how Singh hailed from Bihar and was a native village of the veteran Socialist leader late Jaiprakash Narayan.

"People of Bihar are deeply hurt at the humiliation Harivansh ji was subjected to. I am with the sentiments of people of my home state, Bihar," Prasad said at a presser.

"The RJD and the Congress will have to give an explanation to the people of Bihar."

The presser was convened in the backdrop of opposition parties raising the pitch against the Centre and the BJP following the suspension of eight of their Members from Rajya Sabha for the rest of the Monsoon Session for their unruly conduct at the time of passing of the farm-related Bills on Sunday.

Singh was presiding the proceedings. The Opposition Members directed their ire towards him. He was protected by the Marshals of the House.

Prasad said Singh is an intellectual of repute and has brought laurels to India at international forums.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi showered praise on Harivansh on Tuesday after he offered tea to opposition MPs sitting on dharna in Parliament complex, saying his "inspiring" and "statesmanlike" conduct will make every democracy lover proud.

To personally serve tea to those who "attacked and insulted" him a few days ago as well as those sitting on dharna, Modi tweeted, shows that Harivansh has been blessed with a humble mind and a big heart.  

It shows his greatness, the prime minister said and added that he joins the people of India in congratulating Harivansh . 

"For centuries, the great land of Bihar has been teaching us the values of democracy. In line with that wonderful ethos, MP from Bihar and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shri Harivansh Ji's inspiring and statesmanlike conduct this morning will make every democracy lover proud," he said. 

Launching an attack on the RJD and Congress who are allies in Bihar, Prasad said their leaders encouraged the "humiliation" heaped on Singh in Rajya Sabha.

Singh has been a JD(U) leader. The ruling BJP-JD(U)LJP is the ruling coalition in the state and is ranged against the RJD-led "Mahagathbandhan" ( Grand Alliance) of which Congress is a part.

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