New Delhi: Criticising the unruly behaviour of the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government will consider revoking their suspension only after they apologise.Also Read - 'Distressed, Couldn't Sleep': RS Dy Chairman Harivansh Sits on One-Day Fast Over 'Unruly'Conduct of Opposition MPs
His statement came after a number of Opposition parties, led by the Congress, staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha demanding that the suspension of eight members be revoked.
“We will consider withdrawal of suspension only after suspended members apologise for their behaviour in Rajya Sabha,” Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters outside Parliament.
“We expected the Congress would oppose such unruly behaviour by Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha,” he said.
What kind of politics is this that a tweet comes from abroad and MPs behave like this, he said, apparently referring to tweets by Rahul Gandhi, who is outside the country accompanying his mother Sonia Gandhi for her medical check-up.
“We have never seen a Congress MP dancing on the Rajya Sabha table and tear papers,” Prasad said.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday said that they will continue to boycott the monsoon session till the suspension is revoked.
“Till our demands, which include revocation of suspension of the 8 MPs and the government to bring another Bill under which no private player can purchase below MSP are not met, the Opposition will boycott the session,” Azad said.
Meanwhile, the dharna, which was being staged by the suspended Rajya Sabha MPs ended after the Opposition members boycotted the House.
The eight lawmakers who have been suspended are Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen of Trinamool Congress, Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora, and Syed Naseer Hussain of Congress, Sanjay Singh of Aam Aadmi Party and K.K. Ragesh and E. Kareem of Communist Party of India-Marxist.
(With PTI inputs)