Ruckus over riot continues in Parliament

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 05, 2020

Congress senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing the media at Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday. Vivek Tankha and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury looks on   -  SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

Speaker suspends 7 Congress MPs

Both the Houses of Parliament witnessed disruptions for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday as the Congress pressed for an immediate discussion on the Delhi riots. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla suspended seven members of the Congress for snatching and tearing up papers from the table of the House.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for the day after a statement by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Corona outbreak and a brief discussion on it. Naidu asked the media not to report the slogans raised amid the din by the Opposition members.

In the lower House, the Chair condemned the “gross misconduct” and “utter disregard” for rules and procedures by the seven Congress MPs--Gaurav Gogoi, TN Prathapan, Dean Kuriakose, Manicka Tagore, Rajmohan Unnithan, Benny Behanan and Gurjeet Singh Aujla. Presiding member Meenakshi Lekhi announced the Speaker’s decision at the House at around 3 pm. “Such unfortunate incident has possibly happened for the first time in the parliamentary history...I condemn this behaviour,” she said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi moved a motion to suspend the members from the House for the rest of the Budget Session, which was opposed by members from Opposition parties. It said: “That this house having taken serious note of gross misconduct of these members’ utter disregard to the House and authority of the Chair and having been named by the Speaker resolve that these members be suspended from the service of the House for the remainder of the session.”

Meanwhile, the Congress members demanded suspension of Rajasthan MP Hanuman Beniwal for what they described were derogatory remarks against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The Congress condemned the decision to suspend its members.

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Government imposed such a decision on the Speaker. “We saw revenge politics in House, orders were given by the chairperson to suspend seven Cong MPs for this session,” he said. “Whether suspending seven MPs is right, people will decide. We will not be scared and will continue to raise the Delhi riots issue,” he added.

In Rajya Sabha, before Vardhan read out a statement on the corona virus situation, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan said the Centre is ready to discuss the situation in Delhi on March 11 and 12. The Opposition, however, maintained that the discussion has to happen without taking up any other business.

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Published on March 05, 2020
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