New Delhi: The unrest over contentious farm Bills grew stronger after eight Opposition MPs, who were suspended from Rajya Sabha for the rest of the Monsoon Session, continued their sit-in protest past midnight. Also Read - Farmer Outfits in Punjab to Intensify Stir Against New Farm Laws, Declare State-wide Protests on October 17
Carrying pillows and blankets in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament complex, the MPs asserted that they would continue protesting against the Bills until the Modi government provides a rationale behind passing these ordinances without having the required votes. Also Read - Farmers Walk Out of Centre's Meeting Over Minister's Absence, Tear Off Copies of Farm Laws
“We would like the government to know that this is an indefinite protest”, said TMC leader Derek O’Brien. Also Read - 'Farmers Gave Country Food Security, Modi Government Only Betrayed Them': Rahul Gandhi
The protesting MPs received support of large number of senior opposition leaders. “Congress leader Digvijaya Singh sat with us for almost four hours”, one of the suspended MPs told PTI as they sang patriotic songs, surrounded by placards hanging on strings with slogans in support of farmers.
“This is the first time ever that a peaceful overnight protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament has happened,” protesting TMC MP Dola Sen said.
Earlier on Monday, 8 Opposition MPs, including TMC leader Derek O’Brien were suspended from the Upper House under Rule 256(2) over unprecedented ;unruly scenes’ during the passage of Farm Bills on Sept 20.
Besides O’Brien, the other MPs who have been suspended from the House are –Dola Sen (TMC), Sanjay Singh (AAP), Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora & Syed Nasir Hussain (INC), KK Ragesh & Elamaram Karim (CPI-M).