In the latest updates eight opposition MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for remainder of the Monsoon Session, on account of their “unruly behavior” and “grossly disordered conduct” in the House.
On Sunday the opposition members alleged that the farmers’ bills were being passed in hasty manner. They cried foul over the passing of the Bills with a voice vote, denying their demand for a division for voting.
As alleged by MP Derek O’ Brien, several MPs had sought a Division on the Bill however, they were denied the right by the Deputy Chair, Harivansh Narayan Singh.
When the issue was taken up by Chair Venkaiah Naidu today, he alleged that the Deputy was verbally attacked, and the Division could not take place due to “disruption of the House”. He alleged that the above named Members abused the Deputy with “objectionable words” , threw papers at him, threw a Rule Book at him, wrenched his mic and obstructed him from performing his duties.
Calling it a very bad day for Rajya Sabha, he asked the suspended members to leave the chambers. However, the opposition continued to protest and since the suspended MPs refused to leave the Chambers, the house has been adjourned for some time.
It may be noted that the 47 MPs from the Opposition, including their Leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, had moved a no confidence motion for removal of the Deputy Chair. They had alleged that the Deputy willingly denied them the right to seek Division, which forced them to enter the well and create a ruckus.
However, the chair clarified that any such motion can be moved only with a 14 days’ advance notice, as per the mandate of Article 90 of the Constitution. The chair noted that the session is scheduled to adjourn on October 1. Thus 14 days’ notice has not been served and the motion is “not admissible”.