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Suspension of MPs

Date: 01 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The Rajya Sabha Chairman has suspended 12 opposition party MPs for their actions during the last day of the Monsoon session.

 

Background

During the Monsoon session, opposition MPs were caught showing violent behaviour and indulging in intentional attacks on security personnel.

 

Details

  • Opposition MPs were involved in hurling papers at the deputy speaker of the Rajya Sabha. A certain MP was also involved in snatching papers from the hands of minister before tearing them apart.

  • The Leader of Party in Rajya Sabha accused the opposition MPs of attacking the security staff and demanding a special committee to investigate the incident. 

 

Disallowed conduct

  • Certain rules of parliamentary etiquette have to be followed by MPs. They are not supposed to interrupt speeches and discussions.

  • In addition, they should not display placards, shout slogans, tear documents and play cassette or tape recorder in the house.

 

Powers for presiding officer

  • MP can be ordered by the presiding officer to withdraw from legislative chamber for grossly disorderly conduct. 

  • An MP can be named for persistently and willfully obstructing the business of the House. A resolution can be moved by the parliamentary affairs minister for suspending the offending MP from the service of the House. 

  • An additional power has been given under a new rule, 374A, which allows speaker to suspend an MP for a maximum of five days for disrupting the business of the House. 

 

Issues due to unruly behaviour by MPs

  • The important points made by the ministers regarding policy cannot be scrutinized. This will ultimately affect the policy-making procedure.

  • Large amount of money is spent on conducting Parliamentary sessions and it is necessary that business is transacted during these sessions.

  • The unruly behaviour will also be a blot on India’s democratic process. The elected representatives are expected to behave in a dignified manner.

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