LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ‘deeply hurt’ by conduct of Congress MPs
Sumitra Mahajan’s comments came shortly after she suspended six Congress MPs from the House for five days for their “highly unbecoming” conduct during protests over the lynching issue that “undermined the Chair’s dignity”.india Updated: Jul 24, 2017 22:26 IST
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Monday she was “deeply hurt” over the conduct of Congress MPs in the House and that she had only asked them to raise the lynching issue after the Question Hour.
Mahajan’s comments came shortly after she suspended six Congress MPs from the House for five days for their “highly unbecoming” conduct during protests over the lynching issue that “undermined the Chair’s dignity”.
“I am sad and deeply hurt ... and unable to understand why this happened, as I did not prevent them from raising any issue. I told them they can raise the issues they want but only after the Question Hour,” she told reporters outside the House.
She said Lok Sabha members Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and MK Raghavan had torn official papers and thrown it towards the Chair.
Ranjan said the Opposition wanted a discussion on the incidents of cow vigilantism in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh.
Claiming that the “atmosphere of fear” prevails in the country, she said 50-60 people have been killed within a year in the mob lynching incidents.
“We had given the adjournment motion. There have been incidents of mob lynching. There is fear among Dalits, adivasi and minority due to (pakhandi) fake gau rakshaks,” she 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.
“I think this is a conspiracy. The ruling party is playing the politics of hatred,” she added.
The speaker said she had told the Congress’s leader in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, that his party can raise the issue but after the Question Hour.
Mahajan said the Question Hour is normally not suspended, according to the rules of Parliament’s Rules Committee that includes members of all parties and that she was only following the rules.
The Speaker pointed out that President Pranab Mukherjee in his farewell speech had said the proceedings in Parliament should not be disrupted.
Meanwhile, parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said if any opposition party wants to speak or raise any issue, they should give a notice in advance.
The opposition parties protested against the decision and have decided to sit on protest on Tuesday morning near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the parliament premises while the government described the Congress members’ action as a “black day” in the history of parliamentary democracy.