Parliament: Opposition MPs protest against suspension, say ‘will not apologise’

The MPs include six from Congress, two each from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Shiv Sena and one each from CPM and CPI.
The suspended members include six from Congress, two each from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Shiv Sena and one each from CPM and CPI.

On Wednesday, the suspended 12 Rajya Sabha MPs sat near the Mahatma Gandhi statue to register their protest, indicating that the Parliament could witness disruptions for at least the next couple of days after M Vekaiah Naidu refused to revoke the suspension.

Speaking to the PTI news agency, the MPs termed the decision, “autocratic.”

“Our protest will go on until this illegal suspension is revoked. Our MPs have been protesting in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha,” they said.

“Every day from 10 am to 11 am opposition MPs are protesting and will continue to do so. The suspended MPs are also sitting in protest and will do so every day from 10 am to 5 pm in front of the Gandhi statue,” Ripun Bora, one of the suspended MPs, said.

The MPs include six from Congress, two each from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Shiv Sena and one each from CPM and CPI.

“We have boycotted the Lok Sabha proceedings for the remaining day in protest against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs,” Congress general secretary KC Venugopal told ANI news agency.

He went on to say: “Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu should explain why they have been suspended as they were raising farmers’ and peoples’ issues such as price rise and Pegasus snooping allegations. Is that an offence? Should we apologise for it?”

As the Opposition continues its protest against the suspension, the Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the Opposition members will not ‘apologise’ as they were raising people’s issues in Parliament.

“Why apologize? To raise people’s issues in Parliament? No, not at all!” Gandhi tweeted.

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