Scindia row hits House, Lok Sabha adjourned again

Posted July 26, 2017

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy and Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Mohammed Salim urged the chair to withdraw the suspensions.

Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, July 25 - The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today hailed the role played by Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha yesterday on the issue of cow vigilantes.

The Lok Sabha had been off to a stormy start since morning, with leader of the Congress legislative party Mallikarjuna Kharge demanding a discussion on mob lynchings.

The six members; Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, MK Raghavan, Ranjeet Ranjan and Sushmita Dev; "had stormed the Well, torn papers and thrown it towards the Chair", Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said. In a letter to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress whip in the Lok Sabha KC Venugopal said filming of the house proceedings was banned as per rules.

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She said they undermined the chair's dignity and after announcing her decision, the Speaker adjourned the House for half and hour till 2,30 pm and thereafter for the whole day.

The Speaker had to adjourn the proceedings to enable members attend the oath taking ceremony of President Ram Nath Kovind which was scheduled to be held at 12.15 pm.

The Congress MPs raised the issue through an adjournment motion moved by their Leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. He said that if the remarks were found to be true, then he would quit as the member of the House and demanded that if the BJP leaders failed to prove their allegation, then they should tender their resignations.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, however, said what happened was a "black day" for parliamentary democracy. The six suspended MPs were also present on the occasion.

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Mahajan said she would not speak on the issue at the moment, and asked Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar to proceed with the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

Congress member and one of the suspended MPs, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, said, "Backward class and minorities are now scared of lynching".

This is not the first time Ms. Mahajan is suspending Opposition members.

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