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 Unions Agree to Resume Talks With Centre on December 29, Say Ball Now in Government's Court | Top Developments

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 - Rahul Gandhi Tweets Video About Farm Laws Protest, Says Govt Has To Listen Farmers

“We would like the government to know that this is an indefinite protest”, said TMC leader Derek O’Brien. Also Read - 'Farm Laws Wapas Jao': Artist Comes up With Punjabi Version of 'Bella Ciao' to Support Farmers' Protest | WATCH

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).

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    Monsoon Session LIVE: Congress ke daant khane ke aur hain, dikhane ke aur. They say one thing in the House and another outside. Those protesting aren’t farmers, they are related to Congress, nation knows it. The reforms will help farmers & boost their income,” says Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha.

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    Monsoon Session LIVE: “Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha are like twin brothers…if one is in pain, the other has to be concerned. Our issue is related to the farm bills, we want it to be taken back. If Tomar Ji agrees to take it back, we have no problem with session continuing,” says Congress leader Adhi Ranjan Choudhary.