Monday, 21 Sep, 9.52 am Deccan Herald

Derek O'Brien, 7 other Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for a week over uproar on Farm Bills

DH Web Desk,

Eight MPs were suspended from Rajya Sabha on Monday following uproar and chaos during the passage of two farm bills. The MPs have been suspended for a week.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu ordered RS MPs Derek O'Brien, Sanjay Singh, Rajeev Satav, KK Ragesh, Syed Nasir Hussain, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen and Elamaram Kareem to leave the house.

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High drama was witnessed in Rajya Sabha on Sunday as the voting on two contentious agriculture-related bills was taken up.

The trouble started at 1 pm, the scheduled closing of the proceedings, when Deputy Chairman Harivansh Kumar went ahead after a request from the government.

However, Opposition parties demanded that the discussion and voting on the Bill be taken up on Monday morning and that there was no consensus on extending the timing.

Opposing the Bills, Trinamool Congress floor leader Derek O'Brien had said the credibility of the Modi government is low to make promises. "The Prime Minister is saying that the Opposition is misleading the farmers. You (Centre) said double farmer income by 2022. But, at current rates, the farmer income will not be doubled before 2028," he said.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the behaviour of opposition members in the Rajya Sabha contending that it had tarnished the dignity of the House and the post of Deputy Chairman.

'This has never happened in the Parliamentary history of India when the rule book was torn in front of the Chair. The mic was broken and the copy of the Bill was torn by snatching it from the Chair and a shameful behaviour was exhibited by some members who climbed on to the Chair's desk. All that happened today was dangerous and a breach of democratic traditions,' Singh told reporters, adding that the government would take action against them.

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