The BJP on Wednesday asked the RJD and the Samajwadi Party to formally withdraw support to the Government by writing to the President.

“You go to the President, withdraw support. We are with you,” senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told RJD and SP chiefs, Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav, when the Lok Sabha was adjourned for two hours following an uproar over the forcible eviction of seven opponents to the Women’s Reservation Bill from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Mr. Yadav and Mr. Prasad reached out to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, impressing upon the need to take up the issue of the use of marshals to remove suspended members from the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Taking note of the vociferous protests against the use of marshals, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, “The Women’s Reservation Bill is a very important piece of legislation. It should be passed in a more persuasive manner and not exactly the way it was done”.

Mr. Dasgupta and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury also demanded that the suspension of the seven members be revoked. “These members were suspended after a resolution was moved by the Government to that effect in the Upper House. Now, the Government should move a resolution withdrawing the suspension which can be adopted by the House,” Mr. Yechury said.

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