Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs Continue Their Protest Through The Night

The eight MPs asked for their suspension to be revoked and also called for the rollback of the Farm Reform Bills

Raghav N

September 23, 2020

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Following their week-long suspension from the Parliament over the controversial Farm Bill, eight Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament (MP) staged an overnight sit-in protest in the house’s premises yesterday. Along with seeking the revocation of their suspension, the ministers also demanded for the rollback of the contentious bills.

15 political parties including the Congress have already written to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention in blocking the bills from becoming a law. They claim that these were passed without their votes and the government had no numbers.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who’s party member Derek O’Brien is also under temporary suspension, has arranged for protests in Kolkata to oppose the centre’s new proposal.

Farmers across the country have entered their second week of agitation against the bills, despite prime Minister Narendra Modi assuring them that the move is for their benefit. Passed after severe arguments in the Parliament from opposition parties, many farmers have questioned the priorities of the government in formulating a law during the pandemic. Northern parts of India, especially Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana are seeing widespread demonstrations with the Congress even joining some rallies in Haryana.

Two out of the three bills were passed by voice vote amidst utter chaos while the third one (Essential Commodities Bill) could not be taken up during the session.

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