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Suspended MPs start 50-hour relay protest

Twenty suspended Rajya Sabha members Wednesday began a 50-hour relay protest contained in the Parliament advanced, with sources saying the Opposition declined the Chairman’s supply that they categorical remorse over their members’ behaviour within the Home to get the suspension revoked.

They have been later joined by 4 Congress MPs who’ve additionally been suspended from Lok Sabha for the rest of the Monsoon session.

The Rajya Sabha MPs are holding the protest close to the Gandhi statue and can keep on the web site by means of evening, Trinamool Congress’ Dola Sen, who is without doubt one of the suspended members, mentioned earlier within the day.

The 20 MPs, suspended over Monday and Tuesday, embody seven from the Trinamool, six from the DMK, three from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), two from the Communist Celebration of India (Marxist) and one every from the Communist Celebration of India (CPI) and the Aam Aadmi Celebration (AAP).

The Nationalist Congress Celebration and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha who don’t have any members suspended may even be part of the protests, sources mentioned.

“Query: What have been Opposition MPs demanding Reply: A dialogue on #PriceRise #GST hurting thousands and thousands of individuals Motion : Dictatorial @narendramodi govt suspends 24 MPs from #Parliament Subsequent few days 24x 7 dharna at Gandhi statue. Peaceable satyagraha will at all times WIN,” tweeted Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien.

Whereas the Congress and different Opposition events have been protesting at totally different venues within the morning, by the night, it appeared they’d come collectively on the difficulty of value rise.

Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh visited the location of the protests and mentioned his get together will probably be a part of the day-night dharna organised by the opposite Opposition events.

“Congress, DMK, TMC, CPM & AAP MPs from each Homes on 50 hour steady dharna by turns in Parliament precincts. They’re protesting their suspension for demanding pressing debate on value rise and GST on meals gadgets,” he tweeted later at evening.

“There’s a 170% enhance in suspension of MPs below Modi authorities in comparison with UPA. 24 MPs suspended this Monsoon session alone!” he mentioned.

“We’re combating the Modi-Shah onslaught on democracy and it’s clear that the Modi regime will probably be seen as a black spot in Indian historical past. All 4 Lok Sabha MPs are standing in solidarity with RS MP and are sitting in batches,” mentioned Manickam Tagore, one of many 4 Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha.

The CPI, whose one member has been suspended, mentioned in an announcement the suspension is an assault on the essential rights of freedom of expression of members of Parliament.

“The suspension of 4 opposition MPs of the Lok Sabha and 20 MPs of the the opposition within the Rajya Sabha together with two MPs of the CPI(M) on successive days is a critical blow to the democratic functioning of Parliament.

“It’s the Modi authorities that has been stubbornly refusing to simply accept any movement moved by the opposition below the Guidelines for a structured dialogue on the burning issues being confronted by the folks, destroying their lives, like value rise, unemployment and many others.”

Opposition sources additionally mentioned feelers from the “different aspect” has indicated that there’s a view throughout the authorities that suspending 19 opposition MPs at one go in Rajya Sabha was a improper strategic transfer and may have been averted.

The truth is, within the morning, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu met leaders of the Opposition events in RS and a proposal was made to them that in the event that they categorical remorse over their behaviour within the Home, one other decision will probably be delivered to revoke the suspensions, the sources mentioned.

Nonetheless, not one of the leaders acquiesced, saying as a substitute that the federal government ought to categorical remorse over the choice of not discussing value rise.

With the suspension of the MPs in Rajya Sabha concluding on Friday, a dialogue on value rise will probably be taken up after that.

With inputs from NDTV



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