Congress condemns 'expulsion' of Rajya Sabha MPs

DN Bureau

Congress party on Monday condemned the "brazen and undemocratic manner" in which members of the Rajya Sabha were "expelled" from the House and said that the party will protest to restore the status quo.

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

New Delhi: Congress party on Monday condemned the "brazen and undemocratic manner" in which members of the Rajya Sabha were "expelled" from the House and said that the party will protest to restore the status quo.

Addressing a press conference with party colleagues at Vijay Chowk, outside Parliament House, the Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.

"I condemn this kind of expulsion of the members of Rajya Sabha in such a brazen and undemocratic manner. We will protest to restore the status quo ante of our members in Rajya Sabha," Chowdhury said.

He said that "the country has been witnessing the outrage over the bill and the desperation of the farmers of the country. We sought division of votes and we are entitled to move a no-confidence motion against Deputy Chairman. It is within the ambit of parliament rules," he added.

Congress General Secretary, Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the "Central Government has been scuttling dissent voices in and outside the parliament".

"We are fighting for farmers' rights. Democracy has been murdered under the Modi government. Elected democracy has become one side of autocracy. They have been scuttling dissent voices in and outside the parliament," he said. The suspensions of eight MPs who were against the anti-farmers' Bills is shameful. How is the demand for a division of votes unparliamentary? The bills brought out by the centre will destroy agriculture sector," he added.

Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa said the government should have made a provision in the bill to penalise those purchasing crops at a price lower than the Minimum Support Price (MSP).








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