sabha: Rajya Sabha face-off: Where different parties stand | India News

NEW DELHI: The government and the opposition find themselves face-to-face on the issue of suspension of 12 members from the Rajya Sabha. While the government wants the MPs to apologise for “unruly” behaviour in the last Parliament session, opposition parties have backed the suspended parliamentarians.
Here is a look at the stance of various leaders on the issue:
This is not the way, says Rajya Sabha chairman Naidu:
justified the suspension of 12 MPs for the entire winter session of Parliament saying they hadn’t shown any remorse for their act of sacrilege of the House in the previous session.
“Motion (for suspension of the 12 opposition MPs) was moved, it was approved, action is taken, it is final,” Naidu said as he rejected an appeal by the Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader M Mallikarjun Kharge to revoke the suspension. Naidu said he was not considering Kharge’s appeal as the suspended MPs have not shown any remorse, but on the contrary, justified their acts.
“You try to mislead the House, you disturb the House, you ransacked the table, you also threw papers on the chair and also some of them have got on to the table and then you are giving me lessons. This is not the way,” he said. Naidu has also held that it a decision of the House.
Kharge questions move:
On Tuesday, when the House met for the day, Congress leader Kharge said the motion for suspension moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi was in gross violation of the rules and action was taken in the current winter session of Parliament for alleged “unruly” conduct in the last session.
Also, the rules require the chair to name the members before a motion of suspension is moved, which did not happen when the 12 MPs were suspended on a government motion on November 29, he said, adding that the chair had on Monday not even allowed him to raise of point of order, which as per the well-settled conventions of Rajya Sabha is always permitted.
Naidu, however, rejected Kharge’s charges. He said the Rajya Sabha is a “continuing institution” and the Chairman of the House is empowered to suspend members for unruly conduct under rules 256, 259, 266 and other residuary powers. He said the chair had on August 10, when the opposition members created a ruckus in the House demanding discussion on certain issues, named the members.
“On 10th August, go through the proceedings of the House, the deputy chairman (who was in the chair) made appeals a number of times. Later, in the (Rajya Sabha) bulletin also it was published about the people who have indulged in this act,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi made it clear that he was not in favour of the suspended members tendering an apology. “Apology for what? Raising the voice of the people in the parliament? Not at all!” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

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Treasury bench MPs should be suspended, says TMC:
The Trinamool Congress said that rather than the opposition MPs, it is the reeasury bench MPs that should be suspended. Party leader Derek O’ Brien said that from December 1, suspended opposition MPs will sit in dharna in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex.

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Goyal explains government’s viewpoint: Union minister Piyush Goyal, the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, hit out at Rahul Gandhi, who rejected the demand that these members should apologise, asking if the Congress leader endorses their actions like “attacking” women marshals in the House.
Does not he think they should apologise or does he endorse their action, Goyal asked while speaking to reporters in Parliament House. Goyal cited various instances of the misconduct of these 12 members – from tearing papers to throwing books towards the Chair to allegedly attacking women marshals, saying their action could not be forgiven unless they tender an apology.
They not only insulted the House but the Chairman as well, he claimed.
DMK criticises move:
DMK president and Chief Minister M K Stalin had on Monday condemned the suspension of 12 opposition members in the Rajya Sabha and demanded that the Centre revoke the move. “The suspension of 12 Opposition MPs on the very first day of the winter session is highly condemnable. Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the Parliament. I demand, on behalf of the DMK to revoke the suspension immediately,” Stalin said on his Twitter handle.
(With Agency inputs)



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