7 Cong MPs suspended from LS

NEW DELHI, MAR 5 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/5/2020 12:12:25 PM IST
Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a motion suspending seven Congress members for the remaining period of the Budget session for their “gross misconduct” after they snatched papers from Speaker Om Prakash Birla’s table and for “utter disregard” for House rules.
The Speaker has also accepted the government’s call to form a committee and examine their conduct for possible disqualification, sources said.
“Snatching papers from the Speaker’s table is utmost disrespect to the Chair. Those who snatched papers from the Chair, their membership should be terminated,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said.
The suspended members include Gaurav Gogoi, TN Prathapan, Dean Kuriakose, Benny Behananm, Manickam Tagore, Rajmohan Unnithan and Gurjeet Singh Aujla. The second half of the budget session, which started on Monday, ends on April 3.
Calling it “revenge politics”, Congress’s leader of the house Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the party will “not let up”. “This is a government decision, not decision by Speaker. What kind of dictatorship is this?” said Chowdhury. The suspension, he said, was an attempt to “weaken us”. “The government fears discussion on Delhi riots in Parliament,” he added.
One of the suspended members, Gaurav Gogoi, later tweeted:”Suspend me, but please discuss Delhi riots tomorrow. Show your accountability towards the very people who voted for you...” 
The opposition parties, which have been demanding a discussion in House on the violence, have been hugely upset over the Speaker’s refusal to hold it any time before Holi, arguing that the time for such a discussion is not right. The Speaker committed to a discussion on March 11, the day after Holi. Calling the conduct of a few Congress members in Lok Sabha as “unprecedented”, the BJP welcomed the decision to suspend the seven “unruly” members.
Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the “unruly” behaviour was “unprecedented” and would have shocked the country’s founding fathers. “We welcome the decision to suspend the unruly Congress members,” he said
The tug-of-war on the issue had ensured repeated adjournments, allowing little time for any other business since parliament reconvened for the second half of the budget session. The biggest ruckus took place on Monday and Tuesday, when members of the government and the opposition engaged in a scuffle and threw paper missiles at the chair.
After Monday’s uproar, Speaker Om Birla held the all-party meeting to lay some ground-rules for the smooth functioning of the House. 

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