Eight Rajya Sabha MPs, who were suspended for unruly behaviour during the passage of two controversial Farm Bills, spent the night inside the parliament premises protesting against the decision. They included Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh, Congress’s Rajeev Satav and CPM’s KK Ragesh among others.
The opposition parties have accused the Chair of high-handedness both during the passing of the controversial Bills and how some MPs were treated for raising their voices in favour of farmers. The Deputy Chair had to face considerable criticism for announcing the passing of the Bills through voice vote even though nothing could be heard in the parliament due to prevailing ruckus.
The protesting MPs spent their night sleeping on the lawn of the parliament, next to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
I ask one of the suspended MPs how was the night spent.
He says, “Odomos was the life-saver!” 😄
A loo allocated at Parliament reception, an ambulance on standby….. some of the features of this historic first in #Parliament on @aajtak & @IndiaToday https://t.co/B5bZ6kJiDh pic.twitter.com/a13YW6jHqi
— Poulomi Saha (@PoulomiMSaha) September 22, 2020
Meanwhile, opposition parties and farmers’ groups including the Bharatiya Kisan Union have announced plans to launch countrywide protests against the two Bills passed by the Rajya Sabha.
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One suicide case is being talked about for the last three months. Ignoring other issues is not right. Farmers are also dying by suicide, the government needs to focus on that too: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar https://t.co/z86n2f9zfQ pic.twitter.com/QzEoceVeG9
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2020
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09:16 AM: For centuries, the great land of Bihar has been teaching us the values of democracy. In line with that wonderful ethos, MP from Bihar and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shri Harivansh Ji’s inspiring and statesman like conduct this morning will make every democracy lover proud. To personally serve tea to those who attacked and insulted him a few days ago as well as those sitting on Dharna shows that Shri Harivansh Ji has been blessed with a humble mind and a big heart. It shows his greatness. I join the people of India in congratulating Harivansh Ji: Narendra Modi
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08:01 AM: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh brought tea for the Rajya Sabha MPs who are protesting at Gandhi statue against their suspension from the House. (ANI)
Delhi: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh brought tea for the Rajya Sabha MPs who are protesting at Gandhi statue against their suspension from the House. pic.twitter.com/syT19AxEgD
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2020