Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the appeal made by the opposition for revoking suspension of 12 Upper House MPs is not worth considering.
“I don’t think the appeal of leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge for revocation of suspension of 12 MPs is worth considering,” Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said.
He added: “The members who have committed this sacrilege against the House, have not expressed any remorse. On the other hand, they are justifying it.”
Naidu further hit out at the opposition leaders for terming the move to suspend the 12 MPs as “anti-democratic”.
“It is not correct to describe the suspension as anti-democratic. The Chair and the House are empowered to take appropriate action against the acts of indiscipline by members in the House under the Rules of Procedure of the House,” Naidu said.
Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that the suspension of 12 MPs of the Upper House for the remainder of the ongoing winter session was in order and was to protect democracy.
He further said that the decision to suspend the 12 MPs was that of the House and not of the Chair.
Stating that Rajya Sabha is a continuing institution, Naidu observed that taking action against some MPs on the first day of the current Session for their acts of misconduct on the last day of last Session was in order and it was the decision of the House and not of the Chair.