Harivansh reached Parliament House complex on Tuesday morning with tea for the eight suspended MPs, saying he was there “as a friend”. However, the MPs refused the tea.
Harivansh also observed a day-long fast on Tuesday with the hope that “it will create a feeling of self-purification” in these members.
In his letter to the President, Harivansh said the events of September 20 in Rajya Sabha had left him in “deep personal agony, anguish, and mental stress” for the last two days and he could not sleep.
“I was born in the village of JP (Jai Prakash Narayan). I was not just born there but our family and the village had relations for generations with his family. Gandhi had a deep impact on me since my childhood. Gandhi, JP, Lohia and Karpoori Thakur inspired me in my public life. I adopted the tradition of the JP movement and behavior of these great personalities in my public conduct. The scene that took place in the Upper House on September 20 has caused unimaginable harm to the dignity of the House and the Chair,” he said.
He maintained in his letter that these members had indulged in violent behaviour and tried to scare the person occupying the Chair. All dignity and decorum of the Upper House were ripped apart, the rule book was torn and thrown at me, said Harivansh.
He further informed the President that the agitating members had climbed on the table of the secretariat staff and damaged important documents. They made paper rolls and threw them at the Chair.
“Their conduct was very aggressive and they raised highly indecent and unparliamentary slogans. This disturbing scene of assault on democracy played on my mind and I could not sleep. I am an introvert by nature, a man from a village. Values of literature and sensitivity have shaped me,” said Harivansh.
The deputy chairperson said he can make mistakes but has always had the courage to accept them. He emphasised that he has perhaps never used harsh words for anybody.
In his letter, Harivansh said occupants may come and go but the office of the deputy chairperson and the Rajya Sabha will remain and their dignity should be maintained.
Recalling his humble background and education in a village school, Harivansh said that day in the House he witnessed the murder of the values that Gandhi, Lohia, Karpoori Thakur and Chandrashekhar stood for.
Later, Harivansh chaired the day’s proceedings in the Rajya Sabha. The Treasury Benches applauded his role and expressed solidarity with him.
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6 Comments on this Story
Ramanujam Veraswamy119 days ago
Knowing that NDA is not having numbers in their favour, Dylan. Chairman put the bills passing to voice vote, instead of division sought by opposition parties and declared passed, much to the annoyance of opposition parties and surprise of commoners, forsaking the neutrality of the chair. It is yet another black day of Indian Democracy, which is dwindling day after day, now a days.
Baruun 120 days ago
All the issues must be discussed and deliberated on the floor of the house sitting in front of Gandhi statue then doing exactly opposite to Gandhian values viz. tearing the rule book becoming unruly to display violent mode that too on in the house cannot be justified at any cost whatever reason one may have.
Roshan Choudhary121 days ago
IF only you would have allowed Discussions & than voting on the Most important FARMER'S BILL SITUATION WHOULD HAVE BEEN UNDER CONTROL BUT YOUR BEHAVIOUR WAS LIKE BJP MAN.