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Speaker pulls up 'bad MPs' for creating ruckus in Lok Sabha

Last updated on: July 09, 2014 14:59 IST

Speaker pulls up 'bad MPs' for creating ruckus in Lok Sabha

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Anguished by repeated protests and a Trinamool Congress member telling her that she was “not the Speaker of Narendra Modi”, Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday pulled up some members for their conduct, telling them bluntly that if they failed to maintain the dignity of the Chair, it is a “more serious matter”.

Observing that such actions “hurt” the sentiments of the House, a visibly hurt Speaker said the question was one of dignity and decorum of the House and what has happened was “extremely unfortunate”.

Mahajan’s strong observations came soon after fresh protests by Trinamool Congress members, who rushed into the Well, and its leader Kalyan Banerjee telling Mahajan “you are not the Speaker of Bharatiya Janata Party, you are not the Speaker of Narendra Modi.”

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Image: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan speaks to reporters outside Parliament.
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The undignified conduct of some members since Tuesday is extremely unfortunate. We all have been hurt by disruptions in the House during the last few days,” she said, deprecating the use of “unbecoming” language, raising slogans and showing placards in the House.

“It is a more serious matter if someone does not want to maintain the dignity of the Chair,” she said, adding, “It is not necessary that if someone shows disrespect to the dignity of the House, others should resort to disruptions. This is not in tune with the dignity of Parliament.”

She appealed to leaders of all political parties to ensure that their members do not resort to undignified conduct and help in the smooth functioning of the House.

“It is not proper to stage a dharna in the Well of the House or directly or indirectly resort to undignified conduct,” she told the members of Parliament, adding that maintaining dignity and discipline in the House was the duty of all members.

“In fact, the essence of democracy is self-discipline,” she said, adding, “When we spread disorder, then many unwanted things happen. Charges, counter-charges and unbecoming language is used. This hurts us all, the people of the nation and the democratic principles.”

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Image: : An MP jumps at the gate as he walks out after a protest in the Lok Sabha over the Rail Budget.
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The Speaker’s observations came in the wake of Trinamool Congress members repeatedly storming the Well in protest against the Railway Budget and the House witnessing some ugly scenes on Tuesday following a few BJP and TMC members coming to the verge of a clash.

Earlier, Banerjee made some objectionable remarks targeting the Speaker, saying “you are not Speaker of BJP, you are not Speaker of Narendra Modi”, as the entire ruling coalition stood up and strongly protested against the comments leading to an adjournment of the House.

Banerjee later apologised in the House, saying, “If I have hurt your sentiments, I am very sorry.”

When Banerjee apologised, the Speaker suggested that he should say sorry to the House as she has been chosen as the Presiding Officer by the House. “People have voted us not for breaking rules and regulations, but to make laws in the interest of the people and the nation,” the Speaker said.

She said, “My appeal to all honourable members is to resolve not to enter the Well, not to show placards of any nature and raise the issues from seats allotted to them and help maintain the dignity of the House.”

The Speaker said the whole nation was watching on how Parliament conducts itself. She said it was most important that members conduct themselves with decency and discipline. 

Even Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday appealed to all political parties to maintain decency and decorum in the House.

“I appeal to all political parties to maintain decency and decorum in the House. You have the right to protest, but MPs should not deprive their fellow parliamentarians of the opportunity to express their views about their regions,” Naidu said. 


Image: TMC and AAP members leave after a protest in the Lok Sabha.
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