4 Congress MPs Suspended: Four Congress MPs have been suspended from the Lok Sabha for the entire monsoon session ending on August 12 for protesting with placards inside the House over the price hike. Speaker Om Birla had earlier warned them to behave outside the House and hold placards if they wanted to protest.
4 Congress MPs Suspended
The suspended Congress MPs are Manickam Tagore, Jothimani, Ramya Haridas and TN Pratapan.
After the Speaker’s action, the four went to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament complex and raised slogans there. The Congress said that the government is trying to intimidate some MPs by suspending them. “Our MPs were trying to raise issues which matter to the people,” the Congress said.
The Congress deputy leader said, “The MPs were holding placards raising the issues of hike in gas cylinder prices, imposition of GST on items like flour and buttermilk.
We moved an adjournment motion seeking discussion on these issues, but no one.” There was no discussion.” Gaurav Gogoi said in Lok Sabha.
An upset Lok Sabha speaker had warned opposition MPs that he was ready for discussion after 3 pm, but would not tolerate any placard protest inside the House.
“If you want to show placards, do so outside the house. I am ready for discussion, but don’t think that my kindness is weakness,” the speaker said. He later adjourned the proceedings till tomorrow.
When the session resumed after 3 pm – it was adjourned 20 minutes earlier during Zero Hour – opposition MPs, however, returned with placards.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi condemned the conduct of the opposition MPs and urged the Speaker to take action against the MPs who brought placards inside the House.
Birla said, “The people of the country want the House to run. But it cannot run like this. I will not allow such a situation to continue in the House.” “If you want to show placards, do so outside the house. I am ready for discussion, but I don’t think my kindness is a weakness,” the speaker said.
Carrying placards and banners, opposition lawmakers demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come to Parliament and address their concerns over rising inflation and the Goods and Services Tax, or GST, on essential commodities.
The opposition has been demanding a discussion on inflation in Parliament and has stalled proceedings in both the houses since the monsoon session began on July 18.
Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal said the government is ready for talks on inflation as it wants people to know what steps have been taken to fight price rise.
He said, “During the Congress/UPA regime, inflation used to be in double digits, but now it is around 7 per cent, which is lower as compared to other countries considering the problems around the world. The opposition is running away from the debate because they know they will be exposed,” Mr Goyal said. 4 Congress MPs Suspended…