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Apologise and return: Govt tells suspended MPs

New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal Wednesday indicated that the government could bring a motion to revoke suspension of seven Rajya Sabha members if they expressed regret over their behaviour to Chairman Hamid Ansari.

“It (the suspension) was a well-considered action as they (the members) had insulted dignity of the House. The minimum thing is to go the Chairman,” Bansal told reporters here. He said the members should at least realise their mistake.

The minister said the House had not taken action against the members with any sense of elation and it was “a bitter medicine”.

He indicated that the government would be willing to consider the demand of Opposition for revoking the suspension of the members if they apologised to the Chairman.

“All of us have to work in a spirit of cooperation,” he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left Wednesday supported demand of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for withdrawing suspension of the seven members.

The MPs suspended for unruly behaviour were Kamal Akhtar, Veerpal Singh Yadav, Amir Alam Khan and Nand Kishore Yadav (all SP), Ejaz Ali (Janata Dal-United), Sabir Ali (Lok Janshakti Party) and Subhash Prasad Yadav (RJD).

The MPs had to be forcibly removed from the House Tuesday before the debate on the women’s reservation bill.

On Monday, these MPs created pandemonium near Chairman’s podium after he instructed the Law Minister to move the bill for consideration.

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