As many as 12 Opposition parties on Sunday gave a notice for a no-confidence movement against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh over the way wherein two farm Bills had been handed within the Upper House after he overruled their pleas for an adjournment of the proceedings.
The parties which have submitted the notice embody the Congress, All India Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi, CPI, CPM, Nationalist Congress Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, National Conference, DMK and the Aam Aadmi Party.
The Rajya Sabha handed The Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, by means of voice votes, amid the din attributable to opposition protests.
Congress chief Ahmed Patel mentioned 12 parties have given a notice of no-confidence against the deputy chairman, as the way wherein the Bills had been handed is a “murder” of democracy.
“Our demand for adjourning the House and division of votes was disallowed,” he said. “We gave a no-confidence against the perspective of Deputy Chairman and the way wherein the Bills had been handed.”
JD(U) leader Harivansh was reelected as the Deputy Chairman of the Upper House on September 14, the first day of the ongoing Monsoon Session.
The protesting members sat in Rajya Sabha after the House was adjourned following the passage of the Bills.
TMC MP Derek O’Brien also accused the government of “murdering” the Parliamentary system and democracy.
“The authorities didn’t permit the Opposition a vote on the farmers’ payments. It is a tragic day for the Parliamentary democracy,” he said.
The TMC MP alleged that the government knew that it did not have the numbers and that is why they did not allow a division of votes.
(With PTI inputs)