Farm bills: Derek O'Brien, Sanjay Singh, 6 other Rajya Sabha MPs suspended, Opposition hits back
New Delhi/IBNS: Eight opposition Rajya Sabha MPs were on Monday suspended for their "unruly behaviour" while protesting against the passage of two key farm bills by the government in Parliament's upper house a day ago.
The eight MPs, who have been suspended by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for a week, were Trinamool Congress (TMC)'s Derek O'Brien and Dola Sen, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)'s Sanjay Singh, Congress' Rajeev Satav, Syed Nasir Hussain and Ripun Borah and CPI-M's KK Ragesh and Elamaram Kareem.
Sanjay Singh outside Parliament (Image Credit: UNI)
O'Brien, the floor leader of TMC, was seen tearing the bills in front of the chair on Sunday, amid the ruckus in the upper house.
Hitting back at the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo, Mamata Banerjee, tweeted, "Suspension of the 8 MPs who fought to protect farmers' interests is unfortunate and reflective of this autocratic government's mindset that doesn’t respect democratic norms and principles. We won't bow down and we'll fight this fascist government in Parliament and on the streets."
Suspension of the 8 MPs who fought to protect farmers interests is unfortunate & reflective of this autocratic Govt’s mindset that doesn’t respect democratic norms & principles. We won't bow down & we'll fight this fascist Govt in Parliament & on the streets.#BJPKilledDemocracy— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) September 21, 2020
Congress parliamentarian Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "’Muting Of Democratic India’ continues: by initially silencing and later, suspending MPs in the Parliament and turning a blind eye to farmers’ concerns on the black agriculture laws. This ‘omniscient’ government's endless arrogance has brought economic disaster for the entire country."
’Muting Of Democratic India’ continues: by initially silencing and later, suspending MPs in the Parliament & turning a blind eye to farmers’ concerns on the black agriculture laws.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 21, 2020
This ‘omniscient’ Govt’s endless arrogance has brought economic disaster for the entire country.
Not willing to leave the house, Singh said, "We have been suspended for opposing the anti-farmers bill passed by the BJP government. We are here on strike. We will keep on sitting here until the BJP government tells why it has passed the bill without voting."
भाजपा सरकार ने किसानों के खिलाफ काला कानून पास किया है। बिल का विरोध करने पर हमें निलबिंत किया गया।— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) September 21, 2020
इसलिए हम धरने पर बैठे है और तब तक बैठे रहेंगे जब तक भाजपा सरकार नहीं बताती की क्यों बगैर वोटिंग के लोकतंत्र का गला घोंट कर इस काले कानून को पास किया गया।- श्री @SanjayAzadSln pic.twitter.com/0u8f5lGsju
Protesting against the suspension, Kareem said, "Suspension won't silence us. We will stand with farmers in their fight. Dy.Chairman throttled Parliamentary Procedures yesterday. Suspension of MPs exposed the cowardly face of BJP. People will see through the attempt to divert attention from their undemocratic actions."
Suspension won't silence us. We will stand with farmers in their fight. Dy.Chairman throttled Parliamentary Procedures yesterday. Suspension of MPs exposed the coward face of BJP. People will see through the attempt to divert attention from their undemocratic actions.— Elamaram Kareem (@ElamaramKareem_) September 21, 2020
The two farm bills, which has created a flashpoint between the BJP and the Opposition, was passed with voice votes on Sunday while the rival MPs claim the ruling dispensation did not have the required number in the Rajya Sabha.
Amid the ruckus over the bill, the audio of Rajya Sabha was also muted for a few minutes on Sunday.