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‘Autocratic mindset’: Mamata Banerjee fumes at suspension of 8 MPs

Eight members, including two Trinamool Congress lawmakers - Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen - were suspended on Monday for a week over Sunday’s chaos in the House during the passage of the two farm bills.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2020, 14:18 IST
HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the BJP after eight opposition MPs were suspended in the Rajya Sabha on Monday
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the BJP after eight opposition MPs were suspended in the Rajya Sabha on Monday(ANI)

Suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members reflects the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government’s autocratic mindset, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Monday.

“Suspension of the 8 MPs who fought to protect farmers interests is unfortunate & reflective of this autocratic Govt’s mindset that doesn’t respect democratic norms & principles. We won’t bow down & we’ll fight this fascist Govt in Parliament & on the streets,” Banerjee tweeted.

Also read: 8 Rajya Sabha Opposition MPs suspended for a week after protests over farm bills

 

TMC MP and the chief minister’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee also condemned the suspension. “What happened in Rajya Sabha is an absolute contempt of Parliamentary proceedings. “Pro-farmer” ordinances by @narendramodi Ji’s Govt are not just fundamentally flawed, but now the Centre is taking away the right to even vote upon them! All one can say is #BJPKilledDemocracy,” he tweeted.

Eight members, including two Trinamool Congress lawmakers - Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen - were suspended on Monday for a week over Sunday’s chaos in the House during the passage of the two farm bills.

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, were passed by the upper house.

Opposition members, including those from the TMC, Congress and Left, created a ruckus after deputy chairperson Harivansh did not consider their demand for a division of votes on a resolution to send the two bills to a select committee.

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