Why Did The Opposition MPs Hurt The Dignity Of Parliament?

Eight opposition members were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the rest of the session over unprecedented chaos in the Upper House.

Jessica David

September 22, 2020

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday (September 20) criticised opposition parties for the protests in the Rajya Sabha over agriculture bills and said their actions had tainted the image of Parliament in front of the entire country. Singh called the leaders’ behaviour saddening, unfortunate and shameful. Eight opposition members, including Trinamool Congress’ Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien, were suspended from the Rajya Sabha on Monday morning (September 21) for the rest of the session over unprecedented chaos in the Upper House during the passing of controversial farm bills.

Chaos descended in the Rajya Sabha as the critical bills on the agricultural sector were up for vote. At one point, the telecast of the proceedings was muted as members of opposition parties gathered inside the well of the House in protest. After a short adjournment, Deputy Chairperson Harivansh Narayan Singh took up the bills, clause by clause, and passed them. But demonstrations continued inside the Rajya Sabha even after the session ended as the deputy chairperson had not agreed for a division of votes.

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