Govt will consider revoking suspension of MPs if they will apologise: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Govt will consider revoking suspension of MPs if they will apologise: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The eight Members of Parliament (MPs), who were earlier suspended by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for “unruly behaviour” with deputy chairman Harivansh Singh, stayed on the lawn next to Gandhi statue within the Parliament premises on Monday.

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Here may be a check out the highest developments from the day —

• the govt will consider revoking the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members only after they apologise for his or her behaviour within the Upper House, Union minister Shankar Prasad said. “We expected the Congress would oppose such unruly behaviour by Opposition members within the Rajya Sabha,” he said.

• NCP chief Sharad Pawar says he will participate in suspended MPs’ protest. “I also will participate in their (eight suspended Rajya Sabha MPs) movement. I will be able to fast for each day to point out support,” he said.

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• Within hours of the day’s proceedings, several opposition parties led by Congress staged a walkout in Rajya Sabha.

• Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Opposition will boycott Rajya Sabha till the suspension of eight MPs is revoked. He also urged the govt to bring a bill to make sure private players don’t procure foodgrains below minimum support price.

• We’ll boycott Parliament session until Government accepts our three demands — government to bring another bill under which no private player can buy below MSP, MSP to be fixed under formula recommended by Swaminathan Commission and Government agencies like FCI shouldn’t buy crops below MSP, added Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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• during a letter to RS chairman, deputy chairman Harivansh expresses deep anguish at “humiliating” conduct towards him in House and announced 24-hour fast. He said his fast begins from Tuesday morning, will end tomorrow on the birthday of ‘Rashtra Kavi’ Ramdhari Singh Dinkar. “My fast could inspire ‘self-purification’ in those that behaved insultingly towards me. Members engaged in violent conduct in name only of democracy, tried to frighten Chair, defied every norm and convention of House,” he added.

• Harivansh also wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind against the unruly behaviour with him within the House by Opposition MPs during the passing of agriculture Bills.

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• Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh met the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs who had spent the night on the lawns near the Gandhi statue within the Parliament premises. He was seen sitting on the bottom with the MPs.

• “Deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha wrote to me expressing his commitment to democracy and the way he was treated. He wrote to me that so as to arouse the consciousness of individuals he wanted to watch one-day fast,” said Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

• However, the protesting MPs refused the “tea diplomacy” and alleged that Harivansh violated rules and norms of parliament proceedings.

• Leaders across party lines came to satisfy them, because the protesting MPs sat on the lawn, calling for an indefinite dharna against farmers’ bills and wrongful suspension. From Ghulam Nabi Azad, Adhir Ranjan Choudhury to Digvijay Singh, several Congress MPs also lined up to spice up the morale of the protesting MPs.

• The MPS were earlier suspended by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for “unruly behaviour” with deputy chairman Harivansh Singh.

• On Monday, Venkaiah Naidu announced the one-week suspension of Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Sanjay Singh, Congress’ Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora and Syed Nasir Hussain, CPI (M)’s KK Rajesh and Elamaram Karim for “unruly behaviour” with the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Sunday during the passage of the farm bills.

• On Sunday Rajya Sabha witnessed unruly scenes as Opposition members stormed the well and reached the deputy chairman’s seat to protest against the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and therefore the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and gone by the Upper House through voice vote.

• Both the Bills were earlier gone by Lok Sabha through voice votes.

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