Published: Wed, July 26, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Opposition protests against Lok Sabha speaker's suspension of six Congress MPs

Opposition protests against Lok Sabha speaker's suspension of six Congress MPs

As soon as the House resumed at 3 pm, after being adjourned in the morning for the oath-taking ceremony of President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress benches hit out at BJP MPs Virendra Kumar, and Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, who had reportedly accused party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia of carrying out "anti-Dalit" activities.

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When the House re-assembled around 1430 hrs, Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, who was in the Chair, said Members named have to withdraw themselves from the House.

Congress has written a letter to Lok Sabha speaker to take action against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Anurag Thakur for filming parliamentary proceedings on Monday. As Congress members, including Scindia, Kantilal Bhuria, K C Venugopal and Ravneet Singh Bittu, rushed to the Well, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she was trying to accommodate everyone by allowing them to air their concerns.

Earlier, the opposition MPs, mainily the Congress members, disrupted the Lok Sabha for close to an hour during zero hour.

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The Congress president Sonia Gandhi later held a meeting with other opposition leaders, in which they have chose to hold a sit-in in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament House on Tuesday morning. They stormed into the Well and tore papers while shouting anti-government slogans, prompting Mahajan to suspend six of them.

While adjourning the House till 2:30 pm, Mahajan said that the MPs did not stop despite her repeated requests to them to return to their seats and instead, indulged in the improper conduct.

The Congress has called the suspension "harsh".

Most named Congress members were in the Well protesting for having been named by the Speaker.

An upset Mahajan said she was "hurt" by the "unruly behaviour" and disruption of proceedings when she had agreed to allot time for a discussion on the issues.

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