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Opposition Boycott Rajya Sabha Session Over Farm Bills, List 3 Demands
Will Boycott Session Till MPs' Suspension Revoked, Declares Opposition
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New Delhi: The united opposition has boycotted parliament, walking out of the Lok Sabha hours after a similar move in Rajya Sabha, in the protest over the farm bills and till three they demand and as well as "request" to revoke the suspension of the eight members are met declared the Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in the upper house today even as the suspended members continued their sit-in on the lawns of the parliament complex after spending the night there in protest.
They were suspended over the unprecedented chaos in the upper house when the controversial farm bills were passed on Sunday.
Mr. Azad speaking after the Zero hour, demanded that the government bring a bill that should ensure private players don't procure food grains below the MSP fixed by the government
Also, he asked the government that the MSP should be fixed from time to time as the C2 Swaminathan formula. Commenting on Mr. Harivansh's gesture of offering tea, Mr. Azad said, "I appreciate it. We may have differing views but we need to act as a family."
Whereas high drama continued this morning when the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh went to the protesting members with tea and served it in cups. The suspended members rebuffed his "tea diplomacy", calling him "anti-farmer".
Mr Azad quoting former Finance Minister and BJP stalwart Arun Jaitely said in the Rajya Sabha that "In 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that any government will become illegitimate if the speaker refuses to hold voting. In today's newspapers, there are ads of 'one nation, one party'. For God's sake, do not move towards 'one nation, one party'.
" To this, Venkaiah Naidu responded, saying, "Arun Jaitley is no more. Arun Jaitley had also spoken about the 'tyranny of the minority'. "I appeal to all members to rethink their decision of boycott and participate in the discussion," Mr. Naidu said. You can suspend me. You cannot silence me," Trinamool Congress's Derek O'Brien, who is among the eight suspended members, tweeted.
The opposition members accuse the Deputy Chairman of helping the government rush through the farm bills in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday without the following democratic process.