LS, RS witness uproar, 4 Cong MPs suspended for carrying placards
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes which led to adjournments of both Houses on Monday. In the wake of uproar, four Congress leaders were suspended for the rest of the monsoon session for carrying placards inside the House. They were demanding a discussion on rising prices of essential items, inflation and unemployment. They said that the government was not ready to discuss the issues. The Congress MPs suspended from the House for carrying placards are Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, Jothimani and TN Prathapa. Just after the House assembled on Monday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that the MPs carrying placards inside the House would not be allowed to take part in the discussion.
As the opposition MPs were carrying placards, the Speaker asked them not to do that. He said, “This is a temple of democracy, it is the responsibility of the members to maintain the dignity of the House,” the Speaker said before adjourning the Lok Sabha till 3 pm. In the same way, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 3pm. Both Houses, however, began to function at 2pm after the swearing-in ceremony of President Droupadi Murmu. Before the start of the monsoon session, the Rajya Sabha secretariat had issued a circular on July 14 banning all demonstrations, fast or religious ceremonies by MPs in Parliament compound. The circular was in the sequel of last year’s protest by opposition parties under the state of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament. They were demanding a discussion on Pegasus spy software being used by central agencies. Journalists and social activists also took part in the protest, as a result of which, 12 opposition law-makers were suspended from the House. The protesting law-makers also sought suspension of Union minister Ajay Mishra because his son was involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence during farmers’ agitation last year. The farmers alleged that the car which crushed eight farmers belonged to Ajay Mishra’s son. The farmers were protesting against the three farm laws which were withdrawn before the assembly election in Uttar Pradesh.