Congress MPs suspended: Deeply hurt by conduct, says Speaker; Opposition cries foul

Kodikkunnil Suresh MK Raghavan

Six Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha for five days following ruckus

Six lawmakers were suspended today from the Lok Sabha for five days by Mahajan for causing "grave disorder" by storming the Well, tearing papers and throwing them towards the Chair during their protests over the lynching issue.

Some of these members had picked up papers from the Lok Sabha secretariat staffers' table and had torn and thrown them, Mahajan said.

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. There was complete mayhem in the house.

The six MPs - Gaurav Gogoi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ranjit Ranjan, Sushmita Dev, M.K. Raghavan and K. Suresh - would have to remain out of the lower House for the whole of this week.

The Congress members took to the extreme action in desperation as all their attempts to get the Houses adjourned failed. The Congress MPs turned combative after BJP members Meenakshi Lekhi and Nishant Dubey demanded reopening of the investigation into the Bofors gun scandal citing a media report which suggested that palms were greased before the gun deal was signed in March 1986.

"Gaurav Gogoi snatched papers from the table and waved them at the Chair". The Opposition was protesting in the Well, demanding a discussion on lynching of Dalits and Muslims by cow vigilante groups. Soon after the House met Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to raise an issue but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow him. Congress President Sonia Gandhi was present in the House. They petitioned the Speaker to take action against BJP MP Anurag Thakur for shooting their protest inside the House on his mobile phone, in the same way as action was taken against AAP MP Bhagwant Mann. The House must be allowed to take up these issues.

On Tuesday the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 3 the wake of the oath taking ceremony of newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind.

According to Sushmita Dev, "We have been in the House of since 11am, There is nothing new in the issue. We are not bothered by Bofors". After Supreme Court has closed it, why is this government trying to open it.

The Opposition parties protested against the decision and have chose to sit on protest on Tuesday morning near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises while the government described the Congress members' action as a "black day" in the history of parliamentary democracy.

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