The Rajya Sabha adjourned eight members, including TMC leader Derek O’Brien, on Monday, a day after witnessing unprecedented scenes of protests by members of the opposition during the passage of the Farm Bill.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has also dismissed the notice of no-confidence motion against Vice-Chairman Harivansh for not following due process.
The eight sacked members are Derek O’Brien, KK Ragesh, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain, Sanjay Singh, Rajiv Sattav, Ripun Bora and Elamram Karim.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said, “Derek and Brian, Sanjay Singh, Raju Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain and Elamaran Karim have been suspended for a week for their neutral treatment of the chair.”
He condemned the Harivansh’s neutral treatment and “threat” during the passage of the firm’s bill.
Shortly afterwards, the parliamentary affairs ministers read out a motion seeking an eight-member adjournment for the remainder of the session.
Naidu kept the pace of voting and it was driven by voice voting.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 10.36 am amid continuous protests against the dismissal of opposition MPs.
Rajya Sabha MP VV Muralitharan said, “Suspended members have no right to be present in the meeting. Parliament cannot work with the presence of non-members.”
“I urge the nominees of the Rajya Sabha chairman not to take part in the proceedings of the House,” said Harivansh, vice-chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
The two main farm bills, described by the government as the biggest reforms in agriculture, were passed by the Rajya Sabha on Sunday in an unprecedented provocative scene by members of the opposition, as the proposed law was demanded to be sent to a House panel for greater scrutiny. .
The Rajya Sabha on Sunday witnessed an unexpected scene as opposition members stormed well and reached the deputy chairman’s seat to protest against the farm bill and passed it in the high house through a controversial and voice vote.
Criticizing the behavior of the members of the House, six ministers led by Rajnath Singh have expressed pain and sorrow over the incident.