New Delhi: In solidarity with the susspended MPs of Opposition parties, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has decision to observe a day-long fast on Tuesday. “I will also take part in their (eight suspended Rajya Sabha MPs) movement. I will fast for a day to show support”, said Pawar, while addressing a press conference today. Also Read - Former Maharashtra Minister Eknath Khadse Quits BJP, to Join NCP on Friday
Notably, the eight MPs– Derek O’Brien (TMC), Sanjay Singh (AAP), Dola Sen (TMC), Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora & Syed Nasir Hussain (INC), KK Ragesh & Elamaram Karim (CPI-M) were suspended yesterday by the Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu for their ‘unruly’ behaviour with the deputy chairman of the Upper House during the passage of the farm Bills on Sunday. Also Read - Anyone With Self-respect Will Not Continue to Hold The Post: Sharad Pawar on Maharashtra Governor
Meanwhile, Pawar also bemoaned the conduct of Naidu and the Modi government’s decision of ‘bulldozing’ the Opposition in the House. Also Read - 'Shocked by the Language Used': Sharad Pawar Writes to PM Modi After Governor's Letter to CM Thackeray
“I have never seen bills being passed like this. They (the government) wanted to pass these bills soon. Members had questions regarding the bill. Prima facie it seems like they did not want a discussion… When members did not get a response they came into the well,” a leading portal quoted Pawar as saying.
Furthermore, the NCP leader defended the suspended MPs, saying that members were expelled for expressing their opinion. The Deputy Chairman has not given priority to the rules, he claimed.
“One suicide case is being talked about for the last three months. Ignoring other issues is not right. Farmers are also dying by suicide, the government needs to focus on that too”, Pawar said, referring to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Pawar also accused the Narendra Modi-led government of serving tax notices to Opposition leaders. He claimed that he has received an income tax notice which has sought clarification on his election affidavits filed for the previous polls.
“They love some people”, said Pawar, referring to the income tax notices served to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, his son Aaditya and NCP leader Supriya Sule.