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Lok Sabha rocked by disruptions again, Speaker suspends 21 more MPs

The development came a day after 24 ADMK members were suspended for the rest of the session for stalling proceedings

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 3.01.19, 4:07 PM
  • Updated 3.01.19, 4:07 PM
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ADMK members stage a protest outside Parliament on Thursday. PTI

The Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned for the day as members of the ADMK and the TDP continued to disrupt proceedings despite the Speaker suspending 21 more MPs for unruly behaviour.

With the House unable to transact business because of the ruckus, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered suspension of the 21 members, including 13 of the TDP and seven of the ADMK.

The development came a day after 24 ADMK members were suspended for the rest of the session for disrupting proceedings.

As the House met on Thursday, ADMK and TDP members trooped to the Well, raising slogans and carrying banners demanding stalling of a dam on the Cauvery river and special state status to Andhra Pradesh, respectively.

The ADMK members flung papers towards the chair several times.

Parliamentary affairs minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the agitating MPs to return to their seats. However, the MPs were unrelenting.

The Speaker initially warned that she would be forced to take action against them. "I warn you, I will take your names. You have come to the Well and are persistently creating trouble," she said.

As the members refused to budge, the Speaker suspended the MPs under Rule 374(A) of Lok Sabha proceedings for the next four sittings of the House.

Among the suspended MPs were former civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju (TDP), Thota Narasimham (TDP) and Renuka Butta (unattached), who had won on a YSR Congress ticket.

Soon after the House met again at 2pm, the suspended members of ADMK and TDP went into the Well, shouting slogans.

The ADMK has 37 members and the TDP has 15 members in the Lok Sabha.

Two questions were taken up during the Question Hour even as the members continued to shout slogans.

Members from the Congress wanted to raise the Sabarimala issue and Mahajan told them that the matter can be raised later.