The Congress-led opposition in the Rajya Sabha boycotted the proceedings of the Upper House until the suspension of eight MPs was revoked and other demands related to farmers were met.
In the Rajya Sabha, the Leader of the Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad made this announcement while narrating the incident on Sunday during the passage of two agricultural bills.
He said that the entire controversy was caused by the lack of time allotted to discuss the Bills. He alleged that there was lack of coordination from the government. He urged Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu to cancel the suspension of eight MPs.
Azad demanded the government to bring a bill to ensure that private companies do not purchase food grains below the MSP. Following his remarks, members of Congress, Left, TMC, AAP and others walked out of the House.
Samajwadi Party leader Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav said that no ruckus can justify the incident. He urged the Speaker to cancel the suspension of the MPs. TRS’s K Keshav Rao made a similar demand.
DMUK’s Tiruchi Siva said the bills were passed in an unprecedented manner and the division of votes was not allowed. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda said there should be coordination between the government and the opposition to break the deadlock.
Praful Patel of NCP also demanded the suspension of the MPs’ suspension. Later, members of Samajwadi Party, DMK, TRS and NCP also staged the walk out.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, action has been taken for the conduct of the members and they have nothing personal. “This is not the first time that members have been suspended,” he said.
Naidu said, 13 times the Deputy Speaker Harivansh had asked the members to go to their seats and order in the House so that the division could take place but they did not pay attention and continued their unbridled acts.
He said the Deputy Chairman handled the situation appropriately. He also said that he has asked the Secretary-General of the Rajya Sabha to ensure proper care of the opposing members. He urged opposition leaders to reconsider, introspect and return to participate in the discussion in the House.