The eight Rajya Sabha MPs including Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Sanjay singh, Congress’s Rajeev Satav and CPM’s KK Ragesh, who were suspended for alleged misconduct, are now sitting on dharna outside the Parliament near the Gandhi statue.
They were suspended for a week.
Chairman of the house M Venkaiah Naidu also rejected a no confidence motion deputy chairman Harivansh on the grounds that proper procedure was not followed, PTI reported.
Journalist Pallavi Ghosh tweeted a video of the MPs sitting on the dharna, and in the video O’Brien is seen saying. “Opposition parties are here. Samajwadi Party is here, DMK is here, CPM is here, CPI is here, Aam Aadmi Party is here. IUML is here, TRS is here. Trinamool is here...”
“Please understand we do not need to say anything. Humko or kuch nahi bolna hai (we don’t want to say anything)... humko yahan baithna hai Gandhi statue ke paas,” the TMC MP said.
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told ANI, “I condemn this kind of expulsion of the members of Rajya Sabha in such a brazen and undemocratic manner. We will protest to restore the status quo ante of our members in Rajya Sabha.”
I condemn this kind of expulsion of the members of Rajya Sabha in such a brazen and undemocratic manner. We will protest to restore the status quo ante of our members in Rajya Sabha: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury pic.twitter.com/PiDwuT0rMz— ANI (@ANI) September 21, 2020
Earlier in the day, the suspended MPs refused to the leave the house, saying they were not even given a chance to explain themselves, because of which the house was adjourned multiple times.
Rajya Sabha resumed proceedings at 11:07 AM but was adjourned till 12 noon as suspended MPs refused to leave the House. Bhubhaneswar Kalita, who was in the Chair, said he can allow LoP Ghulam Nabi Azad to speak only after...