AGENCIES, New Delhi: Eight opposition members were suspended from the Rajya Sabha on Monday for the rest of the session over unprecedented chaos in the House during the passing of the controversial farm bills on Sunday, but they refused to leave.
The members, including Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Sanjay Singh, Congress’s Rajeev Satav and CPM’s KK Ragesh, were told they had displayed “unruly behavior especially with the Chair and gross disorderly conduct”.
The refusal of the suspended members to leave the House caused multiple adjournments of the Rajya Sabha. The opposition said the members should have been given a chance to explain, but the Rajya Sabha said the decision was based on a government motion.
“I am pained at what happened on Sunday. It defies logic. It is a bad day for Rajya Sabha,” said Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu. He said the members threw papers, wrenched mics away, “physically threatened” Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh and even abused him.
“I am naming Mr Derek O Brien. Please go out of the House,” Naidu said, as he named the suspended members. But none of the members budged.
Two of the government’s three farm bills, which have led to massive protests by opposition parties and farmers, were passed on Sunday amid an uproar in the Rajya Sabha.
Sanjay Singh and Rajiv Satav climbed onto the Secretary-General’s table at the centre of the House, Derek O’Brien waved a rulebook in front of the chairperson and tried to tear it up and some members pulled out mics at their seats. A few members also tore up copies of the Bills. At one point, marshals formed a wall between the Deputy Chairman and the protesting members.
The Bills, which were cleared in the Lok Sabha earlier, will now go to the President for sign-off before becoming law.