The Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments on Wednesday over the Opposition protesting suspension of 12 MPs for ‘unruly behaviour’ during the previous session. The House was adjourned for the day without considering any major business as Opposition members stormed the Well of the House demanding. Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat could not complete his speech while introducing the Dam Safety Bill.
In the morning, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the protesting MPs have no remorse in showing placards and shouting slogans.
He adjourned the House till 12 pm.
When the House reconvened, the ruckus continued and Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House till 2 pm.
“It is sacrilege of the House, I have said (on the conduct of the 12 suspended MPs during the last session in August). There is no remorse by members who have really insulted the parliamentary system. Coming to the Well of the House, climbing on the table, throwing papers, snatching papers from the minister and also challenging the Chair... doing everything which is unparliamentary, undemocratic and they have no remorse. What can we do?” Naidu asked.
Suspended MPs to protest
The suspended MPs have decided to sit in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament House Complex till the suspension is revoked. “None of us are ready to tender apology to this Government which has no respect for democracy or institutions such as Parliament,” said Elamaram Kareem, leader of the CPI(M) in Rajya Sabha, one of the suspended MPs.
The Opposition held a protest in the morning against the decision of the Chairman. Leaders of various Opposition parties met at Opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s room in Parliament to assess the situation. The members are of the opinion that they will not apologise and maintained that the suspension flouts Parliamentary norms.
‘Apologise to the House’
The BJP asked the MPs to apologise to the House and to the people. “The double standard of our friends in Opposition is getting exposed continuously. First not letting the House to function and when an action is taken for this as per rules, making it an issue and again disrupting the House proceedings. I consider all these a conspiracy to stall democracy. I believe our friends in Opposition are making efforts to lay foundation of anti-people politics,” charged BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.