New Delhi: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended six Congress members for five days for storming the well of the house and throwing torn pieces of paper towards the chair.
The suspended members—Gaurav Gogoi, K. Suresh, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M.K. Raghavan—were protesting against various incidents including lynchings by cow protection vigilantes across the country and raising slogans against the government.
The Lok Sabha saw repeated adjournments through the day and no legislative business was taken up.
“Gaurav Gogoi snatched papers from the table and waved them at the chair. K. Suresh snatched papers from the table, tore them up and threw them towards the chair. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M.K. Raghavan tore papers and threw them towards the chair," Mahajan said in her order.
The incident took place during question hour.
“The conduct of the members is highly unbecoming and in abuse of the rules of the house. It seeks to undermine the dignity of the house. These members were persistently and wilfully obstructing the business of the house and have caused grave disorder," she said. Congress had submitted a notice to discuss the issue of atrocities against Dalits and Muslims. A similar discussion was held in the Rajya Sabha last week.
The party is trying to rally the Left and other like-minded opposition parties to protest against the suspension of its members of Parliament.
“Even if a few members violated rules, there have been many such incidents in the past. Not supporting such incidents, but such a harsh punishment is not appropriate. We will raise the issue tomorrow and protest in front of the Gandhi statue," Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, told reporters.
The government condemned the incident and called it a black day in the history of Parliament.
“If the opposition wants to speak, they should give notice. The entire house condemns such action. We don’t accept such action from the Congress party. This is shameful and action should be taken against the members who threw papers towards the chair," parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said in the house.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha passed the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill and the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill.
PTI contributed to this story.