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MPs reject Ansari's RS proposal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 22, 2013
First Published: 00:04 IST(22/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:08 IST(22/4/2013)

Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari's proposal to automatically suspend MPs creating ruckus in the House and to defer the live telecast of unruly scenes, did not find favour with leaders of various political parties on Sunday.

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Ansari, in a meeting with top leaders of different parties also attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said he was distressed at the repeated adjournments of the House proceedings.

Referring to the unruly scenes on the last day of the first half of the budget session on March 23 when AIADMK members broke mikes and hurled papers, Ansari said expressions like "competitive hooliganism" and "collective shame" were used to describe their behaviour.

He also suggested naming members who rush into the Well of the House in Rajya Sabha bulletin, the sources said.

Speaking at the meeting, leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley said the suggestion of automatic suspension was not practical since it could lead to a situation where minority could become a majority. He said the government could use the situation to get the contentious bills passed, according to sources.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also criticised the suggestion. "The government cannot suppress the voice of opposition and the media by stopping direct telecast. Why will you stop it? You cannot tie the opposition inside the House," he said.


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