Suspended MPs Demand Opposition To Stop House Cooperation

After a week of simultaneously protesting the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs and allowing the House to function, the opposition adopted an aggressive stance on Monday by disrupting proceedings as it realised that the government has no intention of budging from its stated position that a regret is the only way out.

Opposition sources said the 12 suspended members were miffed that while they have been on a protest near Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament complex, the two Houses were functioning normally. Since there were no signs of the government relenting, upping the ante was the only option. None of the aggrieved members are willing to express regret.

Before the Rajya Sabha met for the day, leader of the opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress chief whip Jairam Ramesh held a meeting with Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. They suggested that the suspension be revoked so that the House can function normally and they too can participate in the slated debate on price rise and the statement of home minister Amit Shah on the Nagaland issue.

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