Six Congress legislators suspended for creating ruckus in Parliament

Mallikarjun Kharge

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday as Opposition members created a ruckus, demanding that Speaker Sumitra Mahajan revoke the suspensions of six Congress members. The party's leader in the Lok Saha, Malikarjun Kharge said this morning, "Without any reason six of our MPs have been suspended". Furthermore some had also picked up papers from the Lok Sabha secretariat staffers table and had torn and thrown them, according to Mahajan. They demanded that debates be held in the Lok Sabha on the issue of cow vigilantes that has affected the life of the minorities and the Dalits and has horrified them, the APCC said. She said even after the prime minister condemned the killing in the name of gau rakshaks, the mob-lynching incidents have been reported from the BJP ruled states. Those suspended were Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and MK Raghavan, all from Congress.

An upset Mahajan said she was "hurt" by the "unruly behaviour" and disruption of proceedings when she had agreed to allot time for a discussion on the issues.

The members from the Congress party trooped into the well of the House shouting and agitating and flinging pieces of paper toward the treasury benches and also the House chair.

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Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Kharge claimed that such an incident never took place under former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who, he said, never lost her cool amid the "usual" turbulence which the Lower House often faced.

Reacting to the statement, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the decision to sack five leaders were not appropriate. In July 2015, she suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days for causing disruption.

The CPI (M) today attacked the Centre over suspension of six Congress MPs on the ground of their "highly unbecoming" conduct during their protests over the lynching issue, saying the opposition will not be silenced by its such "undemocratic" tactics. He claimed the Opposition was not given a chance to speak. As Opposition parties continued with the protest, Mahajan appeared exasperated and emotional.

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