Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 1
The 12 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs today sat in protest beside the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament complex with the Opposition lending them full support.
Editorial: House ruckus
The suspended MPs —Chhaya Verma, Phulo Devi Nehtam, Ripun Bora, Nasir Hussain, Rajamani Patel and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress, CPM’s Elamaram Karim, CPI’s Binoy Viswam, TMC’s Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri, and Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai — held placards and raised slogans, demanding revocation of the suspension. The MPs were suspended on November 29 for the rest of the winter session.
In LS, Opposition demands MSP law
- In the Lok Sabha, Opposition MPs held placards and shouted slogans over farmers’ issue and demanded a Bill for the minimum support price (MSP)
- Congress leader Manish Tewari said the government should provide Rs5 crore compensation to the families of the farmers who died during the farm agitation
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also took part in the protest over the suspension and the TMC too joined the Opposition chorus today after staying away from it yesterday. The other protesting leaders belonged to the SP, DMK, Shiv Sena, TRS, NCP, CPM, CPI, RJD, IUML, NC, LJD, RSP and Kerala Congress. “The suspensions are undemocratic and must be revoked,” said Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress veteran Mallikarjun Kharge. TMC’s Saugata Roy said the government had lowered the dignity of Parliament. Roy warned of continued protests unless the suspensions were revoked. The House remained disrupted for the third day today. The Lok Sabha also saw serial disruptions till 2.35 pm when the House eventually assembled to take up the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill, 2020.
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