18 opposition parties hold march against suspension of MPs from Parliament

Updated on Dec 15, 2021 12:54 AM IST

Opposition leaders from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha held a march from Parliament House to Vijay Chowk, holding placards and banners, and refusing to relent till the suspension was revoked.

Opposition parties' members with suspended Rajya Sabha MP's during a protest march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk, demanding revocation of the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs, at Parliament premises in New Delhi(PTI)
Opposition parties' members with suspended Rajya Sabha MP's during a protest march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk, demanding revocation of the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs, at Parliament premises in New Delhi(PTI)
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Leaders of as many as 18 opposition parties on Tuesday held a protest march against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs, from the entire winter session of Parliament, even as the government remained adamant that the legislators “express remorse and regret” for their behaviour in the last session.

Opposition leaders from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha held a march from Parliament House to Vijay Chowk, holding placards and banners, and refusing to relent till the suspension was revoked.

“This (suspension) is a symbol of the crushing of the voices of the people of India. They have remained suspended now for two weeks . They have been sitting outside. Their voices have been crushed. They have done nothing wrong,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said. He also alleged that the government was passing Bills without holding discussions or debates in the two Houses.

Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not come to Parliament and “this is not the way to run a democracy”. “It is an unfortunate killing of democracy that is taking place,” he remarked.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Tiruchi Siva said the government’s behaviour in Parliament was “undemocratic and in violation of all the Rules of Procedure” of the Upper House.

Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said the government wants the opposition to join the House proceedings provided they “express remorse and regret”. “I call upon Congress leaders and others to express remorse and regret and come to the House. The government is in talks with them (suspended MPs) at an individual level for withdrawal of their suspension. I have made it clear that they should at least express regret,” he said.

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