Rajya Sabha: NDA MPs seek action against agitating MPs

RSTV Bureau

Rajya-Sabha-protest-aug-6-bBJP-led National Democratic Alliance MPs in the Rajya Sabha have sought action against protesting members of the Opposition for disrupting the proceedings of the House.

30 NDA members of the Upper House have written to the Rajya Sabha Chairman complaining that the Opposition Congress members are infringing upon the rights of other members who wish to raise important issues of public interest in the House.

The complaint comes 3 days after 25 Congress members in the Lok Sabha were suspended for 5 days for disrupting the proceedings of the House. The letter says that the conduct of some of Congress members is not allowing them to discharge their duties as MPs. Members have alleged that the Congress is shying away from discussion and that strict action should be taken against them.

“Congress is behaving like anarchist. I do not think this will take them to any conclusion,” said BJP Leader and Lok Sabha MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

The Congress hit back quickly saying that no work no pay principle should be applied to the MPs.

On Thursday, the Upper House was again adjourned for the day after Congress members disrupted the proceedings by shouting slogans and creating ruckus. Congress members entered the Well of the House shouting slogans to protest against the “dictatorial” attitude of the government.

On Monday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs under rule 374 A for waving placards and causing “grave disorder” in the House.

However, in the Rajya Sabha as per rule 256 F, the Rajya Sabha Chairman can only name members. The suspension can only happen after a motion, moved by the government or any other member, is passed by the House.

The Upper House has failed to transact any significant business so far in the Monsoon Session since it began on July 21. Since the beginning of the session, the Opposition led by the Congress has been protesting against the involvement of BJP leaders in the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh. Congress continues to demand the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for aiding former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi. They also demand MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s resignation for his alleged involvement in the Vyapam scam.