Suspension of 7 RS members likely to be revoked soon
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 15:04
New Delhi: 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.

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.

Congress withdraws Sadhu Yadav's suspension

The Bihar Congress Thursday formally withdrew the suspension of Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav, against whom the action was taken for reportedly criticising the Women's Reservation Bill, following intervention by party leader Jagdish Tytler.

"We have withdrawn Yadav's suspension after his explanation on his reported stand on Women's Reservation Bill has been found to be satisfactory," Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Anil Sharma said.

Sharma had yesterday suspended Sadhu, brother-in-law of RJD chief Lalu Yadav, from the party for reportedly speaking against the Women's Reservation Bill, but his statement did not find favour with AICC general secretary in-charge of state affairs, Jagdish Tytler.

"He (Sadhu) does not stand suspended as announced by BPCC president Anil Sharma earlier in the day," Tytler had said yesterday, adding that Yadav had personally explained his position to him stating that he believed in the policies and programmes of the Congress.


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 15:04

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