Chaos and protests over farm bills: Eight opposition MPs were suspended from Rajya Sabha!

Under the grouds of unruly behavior, Rajya Sabha has, on Monday, suspended eight MPs from opposition parties and the suspension has come a day after the Upper house had witnessed chaos and protests from the opposition members over the passage of farm bills, which have triggered a nationwide outrage from farmers. 

On Sunday, Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh had tabled the farm bills in the upper house. As the bills had drawn protests from peasants, the opposition parties had demanded the government to take back the bill, and later, the floor of the Upper house had witnessed chaos after some of the members had protested before the desk of the Chairman. 

The house went into the ruckus after the members raised slogans by climbing on the chairman's podium to demand a discussion over the bills. The opposition members from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, and Left had created chaos after Deputy chairperson Harivansh didn't consider their demand for a division of votes on a resolution to send the two bills to the selection committee.

Following the development, the house was briefly adjourned. After resuming the session, the farm bills were passed at the Rajya Sabha by voice vote. However, the opposition members had kept protesting against the passage, and the members had called for a no-confidence motion against the Deputy chairman Harivansh by citing that he has not followed the proper procedure. 

Shortly thereafter, Parliamentary Affairs Minister read out a motion seeking suspension of eight members for the rest of the session under the grounds of creating chaos. Taking the possession, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had rejected the no-confidence motion called by the opposition members against the deputy chairman. Naidu said that the motion is not admissable under Article 90 of the constitution. 

Following the motion of the suspension, the Rajya Sabha has on Monday suspended eight MPs from the session for a week after they created chaos in Sunday's session. The suspended MPs include Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien, Dola Sen, Aam Aadmi Party's Sanjay Singh, Congress MPs Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora, Syed Nasir Hussain, and KK Ragesh, and Elamaram Kareem from the Marxist Communist Party. 

By suspending these eight MPs, Naidu had condemned the unruly behavior of these MPs and their threat to Harivansh during the passage of the farm bills. Amid the nationwide agitation from the farmers, the farm bills were passed at the Parliament and would go for the presidential consent following which it would get enacted as law.