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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 14:38 IST

49 more opposition MPs suspended from Lok Sabha

49 more opposition MPs suspended from Lok Sabha

Digital Desk
Representative image of Lok Sabha
Representative image of Lok Sabha | Image:PTI
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New Delhi: Forty-nine more Opposition MPs have been suspended from the Lok Sabha on Tuesday for holding protests and raising slogans over the December 13 Lok Sabha security breach. Supriya Sule, Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor, Md Faisal, Karti Chidambaram, Sudip Bandhopadhyay, Dimple Yadav, Farooq Abdullah and Danish Ali were among the MPs suspended today for the remainder of the winter session of Parliament. With today's action, the total number of MPs suspended this session mounted to a whopping 141 (95 from Lok Sabha, 46 from Rajya Sabha), the highest ever.

Yesterday, 78 Opposition MPs were suspended from both Houses of Parliament, taking the total number to 92. Of the 78 Opposition MPs, 33 were suspended from Lok Sabha and 45 from Rajya Sabha.    

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Reacting to his suspension, AAP Lok Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Rinku said, "Those speaking the truth and asking questions have been suspended from the House today. The public is seeing the kind of dirty politics happening in the Parliament."

On the other hand, Union minister Pralhad Joshi said, “It was decided not to bring placards inside the House. Due to desperation after losing recent elections, they are taking such steps. This is the reason we are bringing a proposal (to suspend MPs).” 

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Why MPs were suspended?

News agency PTI reported that a section of Opposition leaders stood up and some moved towards the centre of the House while displaying placard and raising slogans against the government like, “PM sadan mein aao. Gruh mantri istifa do (Prime Minister attend the assembly session. Home Minister resign.” A few of them also carried a morphed picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Speaker Om Birla said it was completely against the rules, regulations and proprieties to bring placards into the House. "This House belongs to you. We all have decided that no one will bring placards inside the House. But you have come here with placards. Even you have come to the podium. Is it correct? Please go back to your seat. I am giving you a last warning," he said.

However, the opposition members ignored Birla's request and continued their protests. 

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 12:48 IST

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