Will Consider Revoking Suspension Only If MPs Apologise: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday, said that government will consider revoking the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members only after they will apologise for their behaviour.

The major step to suspend the members was taken after a few opposition parties protested against the Agricultural Farm Bills which were passed in the Rajya Sabha.

On Tuesday, Lok sabha had to be adjourned for an hour after the opposition parties protested and claimed that the government has done “too little” for the welfare of the farmers.

Also, few opposition parties, led by the Congress staged a walkout from Rajya Sabha and demanded to revoke the suspension of the eight members.

The first party to walk out of the Rajya Sabha was Congress which was later joined by the members of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Left parties.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the reporters outside the parliament that, “We will consider withdrawal of suspension only after suspended members apologise for their behaviour in Rajya Sabha,” was quoted as saying by NDTV.

“We expected the Congress would oppose such unruly behaviour by opposition members in the Rajya Sabha,” he said.

He also commented on the tweets by Rahul Gandhi and said that “a tweet comes from abroad and MPs behave like this.”

“We have never seen a Congress MP dancing on the Rajya Sabha table and tear papers,” Mr Prasad said.

He also strongly asserted that the government had a clear majority to pass the farm bills on Sunday in the Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that ‘My way or the highway’ approach is unacceptable. He also said that democracy means debate and not disruption.

Chief of Nationalist Congress Party, Sharad Pawar also said that he will also take part in the protests led by the suspended MPs. He was quoted as saying by Times of India, “I will also take part in their (eight suspended Rajya Sabha MPs) movement. I will fast for a day to show support.”

Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh, wrote a letter to the Rajya Sabha Chairman expressing his deep anguish at the ‘humiliating conduct’ towards him and announced fast for 24 hours. He added that the fast will begin from Tuesday morning and will end in the Wednesday, which is also the birthday of ‘rashtra kavi‘- Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’.

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