High drama continued in Parliament over the suspension of the eight Rajya Sabha MPs Congress and other parties boycotting the rest of the monsoon session in protest and and deputy chairman Harivansh saying he will go on a one-day fast after the suspended MPs refused tea that he served.
The MPs went on an overnight dharna over their suspension, but called off the dharna after Congress decided to boycott session.
The suspended MPs are Derek O’Brien (TMC), Sanjay Singh (AAP), Rajeev Satav (Congress), K K Ragesh (CPI-M), Syed Nazir Hussain (Congress), Ripun Boren (Congress), Dola Sen (TMC) and Elamaram Kareem (CPI-M).
Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet: “Here are the 7 reasons why the Congress and like-minded parties are boycotting rest of the Monsoon session of Rajya Sabha”
Reasons for the boycott included the manner in which the leader of opposition has not been allowed to speak, the way the government “bulldozed bills” and how bills had not been referred to select or standing committees of Parliament.
Here are the 7 reasons why the Congress and like-minded parties are boycotting rest of the Monsoon session of Rajya Sabha: pic.twitter.com/PsfGtnXqGc— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) September 22, 2020
Leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told ANI, “We’ll boycott Parliament session until the government accepts our three demands — government to bring another bill under which no private player can purchase below MSP, MSP to be fixed under formula recommended by Swaminathan Commission and government agencies like FCI shouldn’t buy crops below MSP.”
Earlier in the day, he had said in the Rajya Sabha, “Till our demands which include revocation of suspension of the eight MPs and government to bring another bill under which no private player can purchase below MSP are not met, the Opposition will boycott the session.”
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