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Apologise and return: Govt to MPs

delhi Updated: Mar 11, 2010 01:45 IST
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The government on Wednesday appeared to have softened its stand on the seven suspended Rajya Sabha MPs, and said the action would be revoked in case they apologised to the chairman for their “unruly behaviour.”

This followed strong demands from the opposition parties, mainly the BJP and the CPI(M), which pitched for the revocation of the punishment.

“We do not want any harsh action, but the MPs should individually go and apologise to the Rajya Sabha chairman for their unruly behaviour,” said a senior minister.

However, the suspended MPs gave no indication of apologizing till late night. “Even if our membership goes, we will not apologise,” said Kamal Akhtar of the Samajwadi Party, one of the seven suspended MPs.

Earlier during the day, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal members in the Rajya Sabha walked out demanding to revocation of the disciplinary action against the seven members.

The issue led to the Lok Sabha being adjourned for the day. “Marshal bualo” (all the marshals), shouted the angry, SP, RJD and JD(U) MPs in the House.

The Rajya Sabha, however, functioned normally on Wednesday.

During the Question Hour, Samajwadi Party's Brij Bhushan Tiwari has raised the matter and demanded for the revoking of the suspension.

BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said, he as well as Yechury suggested to the parliamentary affairs minister that there were “peculiar circumstances” and the members should “separately meet the chair and make amends for what happened”. He suggested that the Government should bring a motion to revoke suspension today itself.

“This is something that can be discussed with the minister of parliamentary affairs”, said chairman Hamid Ansari to which Jaitley said they have already took up the matter with the minister.

Yechury said the government seems to be in agreement with this idea when they discussed the matter with the parliamentary affairs minister.