TMC MP Derek O’Brien Suspended From Parliament Session For ‘Unruly Behaviour’

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien was on Tuesday, 21 December, suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remaining duration of the ongoing winter session of the Parliament.

O’Brien was suspended for ‘unruly behaviour’ in the upper house on Tuesday. The MP had allegedly thrown the Rajya Sabha rule book towards the chair during a heated discussion on Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

Sasmit Patra, who was in the Chair, said the TMC MP had raised a point of order and the deputy chairman duly responded to it. A little later, O’Brien flung the rule book furiously in the direction of the Chair, Patra observed.

“The rule book would have hit the chair, or secretary general or officials sitting at the table,” he said.

“The last time I got suspended from the Rajya Sabha was when the government was BULLDOZING farm laws. We all know what happened after that. Today, I was suspended while protesting against BJP making a mockery of the Parliament and BULLDOZING Elections Laws Bill 2021. Hope this Bill too will be repealed soon,” he tweeted.

The first time the Rajya Sabha MP was suspended from the Parliament was when the Farm Laws were passed.

As many as 12 opposition MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha on November 29 for the entire Winter session of Parliament for their ‘unruly’ conduct in the previous session in August, even as the Opposition termed the suspension as ‘undemocratic and in violation of all the Rules of Procedure’ of the Upper House.

The Opposition parties led by the Congress has been holding daily protests inside Parliament premises demanding revocation of suspension of MPs. However, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has made it clear that the leaders must apologise for their behaviour first. 

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