NEW DELHI: A day after four Congress MPs were suspended from the Lok Sabha for the rest of the monsoon session, 19 opposition MPs were on Tuesday suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remainder of this week for repeatedly disrupting proceedings.
This is the highest number of a single-batch suspension in the Upper House. In November last year, 12 opposition MPs were suspended for the entire winter session for the ruckus they had created during the monsoon session over the farm bills.
On Tuesday, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh appealed to the 19 protesting opposition members to leave the well of the House and go back to their seats. However, his plea went unheeded. Junior minister of parliamentary affairs V Muraleedharan then moved a motion to suspend the MPs for their “misconduct” and “utter disregard to the House and authority of the chair”. The motion was carried by a voice vote.
Seven of the suspended members belong to TMC, six MPs are from DMK, three TRS, two CPM and one CPI.
BJP said the decision to suspend them was taken with a“heavy heart” as they repeatedly obstructed House proceedings. Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal, said it is not the government but the opposition that is running away from a debate on various issues. The 19 MPs infringed on the rights of other members, he claimed, and appealed to the opposition to participate in proceedings.