Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday slammed Opposition leaders in a press conference for their behaviour in the Rajya Sabha yesterday during the passage of two key farm bills. Prasad said in a press conference at the end of the day that it was a very bad day in Rajya Sabha. He said he has never seen such disrespectful behaviour in his life in the House where leaders have thrown rule books, dancing on the table and violating all the rules of the House.
Prasad singled out the Congress for being there and supporting the unruly behaviour of the Opposition MPs. On the Opposition’s claim that the bills were passed without voting on Sunday, Prasad said Deputy Chairman Harivansh had asked the MPs to return to their seats so many times so that leaders can vote but no one listened to it. He further added that 110 members in the House were in support of the bill and only 72 members were against it.
Meanwhile, Prasad said that there was a high possibility of the Deputy Chairman being physically attacked if the marshals were not there. He added that Harivansh is a respected man from Bihar and the people from there would never forgive that shameful act by the opposition MPs.
Prasad was joined by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. The Opposition had alleged yesterday that the Government had pushed the bills through by brute force and by ignoring their request for division of votes. Earlier on Monday, the Rajya Sabha passed a resolution to suspend 8 Opposition MPs from the Upper House for a week. The MPs, however, refused to leave the house for quite a while and when they did, they went outside and sat under a statue to continue their protest and held up placards bemoaning the end of democracy and the like.