BJP protests against Opposition members, Shashi Tharoor says ‘rubbing salt in wound’

A screengrab of Parliament of India during Winter Session 2021. [File Photo]

New Delhi: Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs staged a protest in Parliament against the alleged “unruly” behaviour of the Opposition parties, the Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that the protest was like “rubbing salt in the wound”.

Attacking BJP, Tharoor said, “It was needlessly provocative of the BJP MPs to come here and rub salt in the wound. If anything BJP should have shown that is solidarity. My colleagues were unjustly expelled by a party that has institutionalized disruption”.

On Friday morning, the BJP MPs staged a protest in Parliament against the alleged “unruly” behavior of the Opposition parties.

On the other hand, Opposition MPs protested against the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs.

Since the commencement of the winter session of the Parliament on Monday, there have been continuous disruptions in the functioning of both Houses.

In a move that angered the Opposition and set the stage for acrimonious exchanges, a dozen members of Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha were suspended from the winter session on the very first day on Monday following a motion brought in by the government of India.

The members were suspended for alleged unruly conduct towards the end of the monsoon session in August when marshals were called after Opposition members entered the Well of the House during the passage of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021.

The suspended members comprise six from the Congress, two each from Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena, and one each from CPI and CPM: Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, Ripun Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain, and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of Congress; Dola Sen, Shanta Chhetri of Trinamool Congress; Priyanka Chaturvedi, Anil Desai of Shiv Sena; Elamaram Kareem of CPM; and, Binoy Viswam of CPI.


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