Speaker suspends 27 Congress MPs for five days

New Delhi, (PTI): Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 27 members of the Congress on Monday for five days for disrupting the Parliament.

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She also adjourned the House for the day.

The Congress has been continuously disrupting both the houses since the monsoon session of Parliament began on July 21.

Mahajan had earlier warned Congress MPs not to carry placards and wear black bands in protest to the House.

An all-party meeting called by the Narendra Modi government on Monday morning failed to break the parliamentary logjam.

While the Congress insisted on its demand for the resignations of Sushma Swaraj and chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, BJP refused to yield.

Lok Sabha speaker suspends 25 Congress MPs (Lead)

New Delhi, (IANS) The parliament logjam took an ugly turn on Monday when Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days for “willfully obstructing the business of the house”.

The Congress MPs, including Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev, Ranjeet Ranjan, K.C. Venugopal and Deepinder Singh Hooda, were “named” under rule 374(A).

The rule says in the event of grave disorder occasioned by a member coming into the well of the house or abusing the rules persistently and willfully obstructing its business by shouting slogans or otherwise, such member shall, on being named by the speaker, stand automatically suspended from the service of the house for five consecutive sittings or the remainder of the session, whichever is less.

All the Congress members protesting in the well, however, kept up their high decibel protest inside the house even while their names were being read out.

Earlier, the Lok Sabha secretariat had said 27 members have been suspended. They later corrected the number to 25.

The speaker’s action came soon after the failure of an all party meeting called by the government to break the parliament logjam.

The members of the Congress, which has been protesting demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers, have been holding placards and shouting slogans in the house.

They were protesting against the government over the Lalit Modi issue and Vyapam scam.

The Congress has 44 members in the Lok Sabha.

Immediately after naming the members, Mahajan adjourned the house for the day.

7 Comments

  1. Mrs Sonia Gandhi is not a magnanimous person by any stretch of imagination. Her refusal to respond to the greetings and pleasantries of our PM shows her ill placed arrogance and low standards. She will not get any where with these tactics and will certainly make sure that they will lose the remaining seats next time around including her own.

    • Mrs Sonia Gandhi is not a magnanimous person by any stretch of imagination – Dronu

      Nope! Compared to ‘Bundle-Budping’ Pradhana Sevaka who keeps repeating – ‘MACK in India’ and keeps doling out Indian money on his phoreen trips, I must admit that she is nothing!

      So, please don’t “stretch” your limited imagination TOO much. As things are, our Rampa IMAGINES too much about my allegedly “rejected” US visa. (W– cares a hoot for that piece of paper EXCEPT for Rampa, some Somalis, Bangha-Bandhus, Mexicans and impoverished S. Americans?) 🙂

    • drona, ” Mrs Sonia Gandhi is not a magnanimous person by any stretch of imagination.”

      Dear Dronaachaaryaa, frank and honest people are seldom diplomatic and pretentious to act like magnanimous.

      Congress may lose its seats but not honesty!

    • Drona,

      I agree with your comments. However, do you think that Sushma Swaraj showed her magnanimity by helping Lalit Modi, an anti-national element? The fact of the matter is that both of them have vested interests and if Lalit Modi was so concerned about his wife’s cancer, he would have been sitting by her bedside, rather than travelling to various exotic locations and embracing beautiful, celebrity babes.

      If the news and documentation put up by the electronic media is to be believed, thanks to Sushma Swaraj’s and Vasundhare Raje’s intervention with the British authorities, he is leading a life of a playboy – all with the looted money. Lalit Modi is proud, braggart and arrogant and I think all right-thinking Indians would love to see this man deported and made to face the laws of the land.

      • Dear Mr Lewis,
        Noted your remarks on Lalit Modi. He is a desperate man looking for some way out. I agree that he will have to face the law and get adequate punishment when found guilty.

  2. Sushma Swaraj says in the Parliament that she helped Lalit Modi – a man who is leading a life of fun and frolic, with the looted millions – out of sympathy, as his wife was suffering from cancer. At the same time, a Gujarati wife and daughter of an Automobile Engineer, who had died in Saudi Arabia ran pillar to post for 49 days to get his body back home for a last glimpse and creamation. Where was Sushma Swajraj’s sympathies then? Do not tell me that she was not aware of this incident, because the family was repeatedly knocking the doors of the Embassy of India (Saudi Arabia) and it was widely reported day-in, day-out by the electronic media. Why has Sushma Swaraj to say that Sonia Gandhi would have shown the same sympathies? How sweet? She would have shown the same sympathies if the offender was an Italian. Sushma Swaraj helped an offender and a person running away from law and then defended herself by saying that it was a sympathetic gesture. These are the sterling qualities of netas.

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