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Updated December 21st, 2023 at 16:42 IST

Early end to Winter Session, Lok Sabha cut short by 24 hours amid suspension of MPs

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023. Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also arrived in Lok Sabha.

Isha Bhandari
3 more Lok Sabha MPs suspended for misconduct
3 more Lok Sabha MPs suspended for misconduct | Image:ANI
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New Delhi: The Winter Session of the Lok Sabha has been curtailed by 24 hours, following the suspension of several Members of Parliament. The decision to conclude the session earlier than scheduled comes in the wake of disruptions caused by the suspension of MPs engaged in various protests and disagreements.

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023. Moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also arrived in Lok Sabha.

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Suspension of 146 MPs 

In a dramatic escalation of tensions in the Lok Sabha, three more Opposition MPs—Deepak Baij, DK Suresh, and Nakul Nath—have been suspended for unruly behavior, pushing the total number of suspensions to an unprecedented 146. Nakul Nath, the son of veteran leader Kamal Nath, is among those facing suspension.

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The wave of suspensions, which began earlier this week, was triggered by the Opposition's demand for a statement from the Union Home Minister regarding a security breach in the Lok Sabha. Earlier this week, individuals had smuggled in smoke bombs, creating chaos during house proceedings. The Opposition alleges that these suspensions are a government strategy to pass crucial bills without adequate discussion.

With the Opposition's strength reduced to one-third due to the suspensions, yesterday saw the Lok Sabha passing three bills to overhaul criminal laws with minimal discussion. This move was met with strong opposition from the sidelined MPs, who branded it a “disgrace.”

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Today, the suspended MPs organized a protest march from the Parliament building to Vijay Chowk in the heart of Delhi, accusing the government of undermining parliamentary democracy. The situation remains tense as the government faces criticism for its handling of both the security breach and the subsequent disciplinary actions against Opposition members.

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 16:42 IST

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