New Delhi: On Thursday, a day after the uproar of MPs in the Rajya Sabha, Vice President and Chairman Venkaiah Naidu met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. News agency ANI reported that Naidu and Birla lamented the behavior of some MPs. According to ANI, Naidu and Birla felt the need to take necessary action, calling such behavior “out of tolerance.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Naidu said action would be taken against members of the opposition who caused a stir during short-term discussions on agricultural issues.
According to ANI, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, MP Piyush Goel and other Janata Party (BJP) MPs met Naidu.
“Yesterday all the sanctity of this house was lost, when some members were sitting at the table and some were getting up at the table,” said an emotional Naidu as soon as the activities of the upper house began on Wednesday morning.
Naidu said that he had no words to express his grief and condemn such acts. Naidu said, “I had a sleepless night yesterday while struggling to find the stimulus to take this dignified house to such a low level.”
His remarks came in the wake of Tuesday’s debate. While the talks were going on, some members of the opposition, including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), came to the coupe with slogans. Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa was seen sitting on a table and throwing an official file in the chair.
Bajwa later said he had no regrets. “If the government doesn’t give us a chance to discuss the three anti-black laws, I will do it 100 times again,” he said.
At the same time, Union Minister Anurag Tagore taunted the Congress party for degrading the House with its inhumane behavior. “The fact that the party cannot elect a new speaker, whose MPs do not allow the parliament to function by violating the laws of their own party and behaving in a reprehensible manner, shows that democracy was put to shame,” he said. These MPs have chosen to negotiate. There are problems in Parliament, but they are busy tearing up papers and throwing files.
He said crores of rupees were spent on organizing the sessions of the parliament. “What happened yesterday has embarrassed democracy,” the minister said.
Several members of the opposition were standing at the table where the parliamentary staff was sitting just below the chair. Some of them sat at the table for more than an hour and a half, during which time activities were suspended several times.
Rajya Sabha television did not show the scene of the uproar, but opposition MPs recorded the incidents and posted them on their Twitter handles.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha Sign Die was adjourned, the monsoon session was supposed to end on 1 August. The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned after the passage of the 127th Constitutional Amendment Bill.
At the same time, after the martial action against the MPs in the parliament, the opposition marched from the parliament to Vijay Chowk on Thursday and showed solidarity against the government. Fifteen parties led by Rahul Gandhi took part in the march. On this occasion, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that MPs in the Rajya Sabha were insulted and the voice of the opposition was suppressed inside the House.
Rahul alleged that the Prime Minister was selling the country and selling the soul of the country to the industrialists. He said, “The Prime Minister of India is selling this country, the Prime Minister of India is selling the soul of India to two or three industrialists. So the opposition cannot talk about farmers, the unemployed, insurance bills and Pegasus indoors.”
The Congress MP said, “We asked the government to debate Pegasus, but the government refused to debate Pegasus. We raised the issue of farmers outside Parliament and we are here today to talk to you (media) because we were not allowed to speak inside Parliament.” This is the murder of democracy in the country.
“For the first time in the Rajya Sabha, MPs are being beaten, pushed. The chairman says he is upset, the speaker is also there. But it is his responsibility to ensure the functioning of the parliament. Why didn’t they do it? The session is over?”
Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut said, “Opposition did not get a chance to express their views in Parliament. Yesterday’s incident against women MPs was against democracy. It seems we are standing on the border of Pakistan. We saw the killing of democracy yesterday. These were not marshals, martial law was imposed in parliament.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi termed the opposition’s allegations as “completely false” and said the truth could be verified by watching CCTV footage.
On Wednesday, several female Congress MPs in the Rajya Sabha complained that they were physically threatened by male marshals as they protested in the chamber.