Parliament Winter Session: Opposition, govt lock horns over suspension of 12 MPs | What’s on table today

The government and the Opposition locked horns on Tuesday over the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs for the rest of the Winter Session on account of ‘unruly behaviour’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu refused to revoke the suspension saying that the members haven’t shown any remorse for their “act of sacrilege”.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge alleged the motion for suspension by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi was in gross violation of the rules and action was undemocratic.

Mallikarjun Kharge urged Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to reconsider his decision. In his letter, the Congress leader said excessive action has been taken against the MPs by suspending them without providing them an opportunity to be heard.

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha further noted that the suspension of these members is an unprecedented excessive action.

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However, Chairman M Venkaiah refused to revoke the suspension and said, “The members who had committed the sacrilege against the house have not shown remorse. So, I think the appeal by the Opposition [to revoke the suspensions] is not worth considering.”

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties, including the Congress, DMK and National Conference, staged a walk out from both Houses of Parliament, protesting against the suspension of 12 opposition MPs.

The Opposition MPs also staged a protest near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament complex.

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The stalemate over the issue led to a washout of the second day of proceedings of the Winter Session of Parliament. The government, however, did not take up any bill today saying it would wait for the Opposition members to return before any business is taken up in the true democratic spirit.



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Source – India Today