Opposition members stage walkout from RS; Protest in Parliament premises

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The dharna which was being staged by the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs ended after the Opposition members boycotted the house.

 

Opposition leaders staged a walk-out from the Rajya Sabha and held a protest before the Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises on Tuesday.

Parliamentarians from Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Communist Party of India (Marxist) boycotted the house demanding revocation of suspension of the eight MPs.

Meanwhile, the dharna which was being staged by the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs ended after the Opposition members boycotted the house.

Eight opposition MPs staged an overnight protest next to the Gandhi statue in Parliament premises over their suspension due to “unruly behaviour”

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi said the opposition will boycott the proceedings of the House till the suspension of eight members is revoked. 

Earlier in the House, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu had urged the Opposition leaders to rethink, introspect, return to the House to take part in discussions.

Rajya Sabha witnessed unruly scenes on Sunday as the Opposition members stormed the well and reached the deputy chairman's seat to protest against the farm Bills debated and passed by the Upper House through voice vote.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu termed the behaviour of members during the passage of the bills on Sunday as "very unfortunate, unacceptable and condemnable" and one that has tarnished the image of Parliament.

Later, eight MPs were suspended by the Rajya Sabha Chairman on Monday over the ruckus created in the Upper House.

Naidu had also rejected the no-confidence motion moved by the Opposition against Deputy Chairman Harivansh saying that it is "not admissible under the rules".

The Opposition parties had submitted a no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh after he overruled opposition pleas for postponing Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar's reply to the debate on the two farm Bills till Monday since the sitting time scheduled of the House was over.

The bills were passed by the Upper House through voice vote. Both the Bills were earlier passed by Lok Sabha through voice vote
 

With inputs from Agency

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