Suspension of four Congress MPs revoked, price rise debate begins
New Delhi: The Speaker revoked the suspension of four Congress law-makers on Monday, after which a discussion on price rise began in the House. The Members of Parliament, suspended from the House, were Manikam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, TN Prathapan and S Jothimani. Just as the House assembled, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi moved a motion for revoking the suspension of the MPs.
When the House passed the motion, Speaker Om Birla revoked the suspension. Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the law-makers of his party had never intended to disrespect the Chair. The Speaker suspended the four members last Monday for the rest of the session for carrying placards inside the House for protest. Once the formalities for revoking suspension were completed, the House began to discuss price rise. Congress member Manish Tiwari initiated the discussion.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha was adjourned because of the uproar created by the opposition in the House. Twenty members of the Upper House were suspended for creating a din. Union Minister Piyush Goyal, leader of the House, said that if the suspended members tendered an apology, their suspension would be revoked. Goyal further said that they should also ensure that the members would not bring any placards in the House.