No apologies: How did 12 suspended MPs bring Savarkar into their picture of protest?

The Winter Session of the Parliament has been boiling with heat over the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs from the Rajya Sabha for creating ruckus and for their unruly behaviour in the previous Monsoon Session that was held in August. Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had on Monday suspended these 12 MPs for the entire Winter Session, which stirred more protests and demand from across the country to take back the suspension. 

According to reports, several opposition parties including the Congress had on Tuesday -November 30 walked out from the Parliament to protest the suspension of 12 MPs and they had boycotted the day's proceedings in the upper house after the chairman had asked the suspended MPs to apologize. Naidu has affirmed that revoking the suspension may not be possible without proper functioning of the House and sincere regret for their misconduct. 

Eight opposition party leaders led by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had met Venkaiah Naidu and urged him to repeal the suspension. However, Naidu stood firm at his decision that there would be no take-back of suspension unless the suspended MPs issue an apology. As he demanded an apology, the MPs had run against him and refused to tender an apology. They also had brought late Hindu ideologist Savarkar into their picture of the protest. 

Speaking to reporters, CPI MP Binoy Viswam, who was one of the suspended MPs, said that there was no plan to apologize. He said, "What apology? We are not Savarkar to apologise. It is not our culture to write letters of apology. This is a government that looks down at parliamentary procedure and at the opposition. This is a government that believes there is no need for opposition. We will not bend before them." He added that he will go legally to challenge the suspension. 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, "Apology for what? For raising the issues of the people in Parliament? Never." Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has raised the issue and said that the suspension was contrary to the rules of the House. He said, "The Members have been suspended over a conduct which occurred in the previous session and is against the rules of the House". He added that the question of apologizing does not arise. 

After the walkout on Tuesday, the opposition MPs had held a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue inside the Parliament Complex during which they raised slogans against the government. However, inside the house, Leader of the House Piyush Goyal has said that the suspension of the 12 members from the House on Monday was on the resolution passed. He urged that all those who had disrupted the House in the Monsoon Session should not only apologize to the Chairman but also the House and the nation. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has also condemned the suspension. Taking to social media on Monday, he said, "The suspension of 12 Opposition MPs on the very first day of the winter session is highly condemnable. Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the Parliament. I demand, on behalf of the DMK to revoke the suspension immediately." Of the 12 MPs, six are from the Congress, two each from the Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena, and one each from the CPI(M) and the CPI.