Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien said it’s a sad day for parliamentary democracy and that the Chair denied the opposition’s demand for a division of votes.
“Members asked for a vote, we were denied it. It is unprecedented. It’s a historic day from the worst sense of the word,” he says.
The Rajya Sabha earlier in the day passed the Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
The bills were passed by voice vote amid uproar by Opposition.
“Bottom line: Opposition wanted a vote on the farmers bill, and BJP did not want a vote because they did not have the numbers.”
Brien says that he did not tear up a rule book and calls such claims propaganda. He adds that the Rajya Sabha TV was censored and that MPs had to shoot videos of some of the proceedings.
In another video, he states: “They cheated and broke every rule in Parliament. It was a historic day. In the worst sense of the word. They cut RSTV feed so the country couldn’t see. They censored RSTV.”