Opposition BJP, AIADMK and the Left parties on Thursday came together in the Rajya Sabha to demand revocation of suspension of seven members but the ruling Congress said those showing disrespect to Chair should express regret before such a move is initiated.

A united Opposition disrupted the Question Hour on the issue forcing two quick adjournments.

When the House met for the day, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley expressed regret to Chairman Hamid Ansari for the conduct of some members when the Constitution Amendment Bill to earmark one-third seats for women in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies was introduced in the Upper House.

The suspension has led to members of the Samajwadi Party and the RJD to keep away from the proceedings, he said adding those boycotting the House as well as those suspended should be brought back.

Mr. Jaitley said some solution has to be worked out during the day to bring them back. He was supported by members of the Shiv Sena and the AIADMK.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal said the Government would like to conduct proceedings in the House in presence of all members.

But extraordinary incidents demanded extraordinary action and the members who showed disrespect to the Chair should “express remorse (or) regret” for their conduct before the process of revocation of suspension is initiated, he said.

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