‘Strangling’ vs ‘shaming’ Parliament: Govt, Congress clash on RS uproar, penalty
A political fight over the fracas in Parliament’s Upper House on September 20 continued with the government and the Opposition trading charges. Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad led the ruling side’s offensive, accusing the Opposition of being responsible for the ‘most shameful’ day in Parliament’s history. Countering the other side’s allegation that it was denied the chance to seek division of votes on contentious farm bills, Prasad said that Rajya Sabha’s Deputy Chairman Harivansh, presiding over the House’s proceedings at the time, asked Opposition MPs to return to their seats 13 times so that voting could take place. However, the appeals fell on deaf ears, he said. The minister invoked late Arun Jaitley’s words to label the Opposition’s act ‘tyranny of the minority’. Meanwhile, the main Opposition party, Congress, accused the government of strangling Constitution in the Parliament and trying to silence those echoing farmers’ concerns regarding the controversial legislation. Congress also slammed the suspension of 8 Opposition MPs for fracas in the House. Watch the full video for more.