Venkaiah Naidu suspends 8 unruly MPs including TMC's Derek O'Brien, AAP's Sanjay Singh
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has suspended eight Members of Parliament (MPs) including Trinamool Congress's Derek O'Brien and Aam Aadmi Party's Sanjay Singh, accused of unruly behaviour in the House in presence of Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh during the passage of two farm bills on Sunday, for a week.
Asserting that Sunday was a "bad day" for Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu suspended Derek O Brien, Sanjay Singh, Rajeev Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain, and Elamaran Karim for one week over the ruckus in Rajya Sabha on Sunday.
"Derek O'Brien, Sanjay Singh, Rajeev Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain and Elamaran Karim suspended for one week for unruly behaviour with the Chair," Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said.
Taking the issue of the alleged heckling of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, Venkaiah Naidu rapped Derek O'Brien as he began speaking. Venkaiah Naidu also asked Derek O'Brien to leave the House.
"I order Mr Derek [O'Brien] to go out of the House," Venkaiah Naidu said.
"It was a bad day for Rajya Sabha yesterday when some members came to the well of the House. Deputy Chairman was physically threatened. He was obstructed from doing his duty. This is unfortunate and condemnable. I suggest to MPs, please do some introspection," Venkaiah Naidu said.
Venkaiah Naidu also rejected the no-confidence motion against Deputy Chairman on grounds that it was not in a proper format.
Twelve Opposition parties on Sunday gave a notice for a no-confidence motion against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh over the manner in which two farm Bills were passed in the Upper House after he overruled their pleas for an adjournment of the proceedings.
The BJP also moved a motion for stringent action against several Opposition MPs, who are accused of unruly behaviour in the House during the passage of two farm bills.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, through voice vote amid the din caused by opposition protests.