Six Congress MPs suspended for 'unruly behaviour' in House

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Six Opposition MPs have been suspended from Lok Sabha for five days for undermining the Chair's dignity with their "unbecoming" conduct, the Ani reported. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she was "deeply hurt" over the conduct of Congress MPs. She said if the Opposition was not interested in allowing the House to function, she was adjourning proceedings for the day. The Speaker pointed out that President Pranab Mukherjee in his farewell speech had yesterday said the proceedings in Parliament should not be disrupted.

The Congress president Sonia Gandhi later held a meeting with other opposition leaders, in which they have chose to hold a sit-in in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament House on Tuesday morning.

In her order, she said all these members had torn official papers and thrown it towards the Chair, prompting members of the treasury benches to shout "shame, shame".

The Lok Sabha got off to a stormy start in the morning with leader of the Congress' Legislative Party M. Mallikarjun Kharge demanding a discussion on widespread incidents of mob violence and murder.

With six Congress MPs being suspended from the Lok Sabha for unruly behavior, Janata Dal (United) leader Harivansh on Tuesday asserted that suspension was not enough and that more stringent punishment is necessary.

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Mahajan said she would not speak on the issue at the moment, and asked Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar to proceed with the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

Among others, CPI-M member Mohammad Salim also was seen protesting. The Oppositions act of pointing out the mistakes committed by the government is part of the democratic tradition of the country.

Earlier, the house was adjourned till 2.30 p.m.as the opposition members protested against the suspension of Congress members.

In his long political career spanning close to five decades, Mukherjee remained a member of the Rajya Sabha for four times and was elected twice to Lok Sabha. The Opposition leaders urged the Speaker to reconsider their suspensions.

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