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Opposition leaders have called out the government over the suspension of 12 MPs from Rajya Sabha on Monday, saying the ruling BJP was looking to gain majority in the Upper House to get crucial bills passed in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Twelve Opposition MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the rest of the Winter Session on account of ‘unruly behaviour’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Speaking to India Today, RJD MP Manoj Jha said, “The ‘unruly behaviour’ argument is a misinterpretation. The real reason is that numbers are not in their favour of the government in Rajya Sabha. So what they do more often that they manage numbers in the Upper House.”

“In this case, they have suspended 12 MPs. There is a bill about privatisation of public sector banks and they know entire opposition would unitedly oppose this bill. There are other important bills too. So they are actually playing with numbers and taking this ‘facade of unruly behaviour” that doesn’t go down well’,” Manoj Jha added.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has said the government is open to revoke the suspension of the MPs if they apologise to the Rajya Sabha chairman.

Reacting to this, Manoj Jha said, “Apology for what? This move has no parallel in history of parliamentary democracy and is entirely undemocratic, unlawful, and unconstitutional. We have requested LoP to speak with the government. If avenue is not found, then we should think of boycotting the entire session.”

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, “The government is trying to silence the voices of the Opposition. No question arises to offer apology.”

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted, “By suspending 12 MPs from the Rajya Sabha, BJP has now gone ahead of the majority number. Can easily pass listed bills through the Upper House now.”

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