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Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman’s ‘Chai Pe Charch’ As Suspended MPs Protest Overnight Outside Parliament

The eight suspended MPs have been protesting since Monday after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day.

 

New Delhi| Amidst a stormy parliament session over the passage of controversial farm bill, a rare gesture of political politeness was seen on Tuesday morning. Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Singh against whom the opposition MPs brought No Confidence Motion for passing the farm bills with voice vote today reached the parliament building early morning and offered tea to the protesting MPs.

The eight suspended MPs have been protesting since Monday after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day. Carrying placards with pro-democracy slogans the MPs sat near the iconic Gandhi statue and continued to protest overnight. The MPs also slept in the lawns. On Tuesday morning they continued their protest.

On Monday, Rajya Sabha chairman Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had suspended eight opposition MPs for the rest of the session for the Sunday’s ruckus. However, the MPs refused to leave the parliament building. This led to a massive uproar in the Rajya Sabha and the house was adjourned. However the suspended MPs swiftly took their protest outside the parliament building. These eight suspended MPs include TMC’s Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen, AAP’s Sanjay Singh and Congress’ Rajeev Satav among others.

In the morning, Harivansh Singh who was at the receiving end of opposition MPs’ anger on Sunday, reached out to the protesting colleagues. He sat with them and offered them tea in an attempt of broker peace. However, his efforts did not bear any fruits.

 

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