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Suspended Rajya Sabha Members On Sit-In, Refuse Deputy Chairman's Tea

Suspended Rajya Sabha Members On Sit-In, Refuse Deputy Chairman's Tea

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh walked over to suspended MPs and offered them tea this morning.

New Delhi:

Eight opposition members of the Rajya Sabha, suspended on Monday over the chaos in the House when controversial farm bills were passed on Sunday, spent the night on the lawns of the parliament complex as they continued their protest. They had yesterday refused to leave the House, which was adjourned five times.

When the members, including Trinamool Congress's Derek O'Brien, Aam Aadmi Party's Sanjay Singh, Congress's Rajeev Satav and CPM's KK Ragesh, did leave the Rajya Sabha, they moved their protest to the parliament lawns, where they spread out sheets and sat holding up placards that read - "We will fight for farmers" and "parliament assassinated".

This morning, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh walked over to them and offered them tea, but they rebuffed his "tea diplomacy", calling him "anti-farmer".

The opposition's move for a no-confidence motion against Mr Harivansh had been rejected yesterday.

Opposition members accuse the Deputy Chairman of helping the government rush through the farm bills without following democratic process. On Sunday, he had rejected their calls for sending the bills to a select committee for review or even to extend the discussion till Monday.