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Suspended RS MPs unrepentant
Published on 11 Mar. 2010 11:00 PM IST
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Not showing any signs of regret over the behavious that lead to his suspension from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, LJP MP Sabir Ali on Thursday said he had done nothing wrong. “I have done nothing wrong…there is no question my apologising to the Chair (of the House)…I have been thrown out,” Ali told a TV channel. Subhash Yadav (RJD), Sabir Ali (LJP), Veerpal Singh Yadav, Nand Kishore Yadav, Amir Alam Khan and Kamal Akhtar (all SP), and Ejaz Ali (unattached) were suspended from the House for the remaining part of the Budget session for their unruly behaviour in the Upper House when the Women’s Reservation Bill was moved for discussion. Ali further added that the government had not allowed him to vote on Women’s Reservation Bill and it should apologise to him for the same as that was his Constitutional right. A solution is expected on the issue of suspension of seven Rajya Sabha members by evening. An assurance to this effect was given today by Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal in the Lok Sabha after RJD member Raghuvansh Prasad Singh vociferously protested against the members being kept out of the Upper House. “What about the seven members who have been thrown out of the Rajya Sabha,” Singh asked soon after Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee made a statement that an agreement had been reached on the smooth functioning of the Lok Sabha. “They are on hunger strike,” said Shailendra Kumar (SP). This prompted Bansal to assure the Lok Sabha that the matter was under discussion between the suspended members and the government. “I am hopeful a solution will be arrived at by evening,” Bansal said. Earlier, agitating members disrupted the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha over this issue. When the House met for the day, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley expressed regret to Chairman Hamid Ansari for the conduct of some members when the Constitution Amendment Bill to earmark one-third seats for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies was introduced in the Upper House. The suspension has led to members of Samajwadi Party and RJD to keep away from the proceedings, he said adding those boycotting the House as well as those suspended should be brought back. Jaitley said some solution has to be worked out during the day to bring them back. He was supported by Shiv Sena and AIADMK members.

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