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Government is responsible for disruptions in Rajya Sabha, says Mallikarjun Kharge

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday blamed the government for the disruptions in the functioning of the Upper House. Kharge said that the responsibility for the ruckus in the Rajya Sabha over suspension of 12 Opposition MPs lay with the government.

Soon after proceedings began on Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 11 am on Wednesday, after Opposition parties demanded that the suspension of the 12 MPs be revoked.

The MPs were suspended on November 29 for their allegedly unruly and violent conduct during the Monsoon Session in August. The session was marked by disruptions in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha because of the Pegasus spyware row and the farm laws.

The suspended MPs are Elamaram Kareem of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress’ Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, R Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Communist Party of India’s Binoy Viswam, Trinamool Congress’ Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri, and Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai.

Kharge told reporters on Tuesday that the Opposition had tried a lot to facilitate the functioning of the Rajya Sabha.

“…We met leader of the House and Chairman repeatedly to put forth our views that MPs can be suspended only as per Rule 256,” he…

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