Parliament security breach: 5 Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha for ’unruly conduct’

  • Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi moved a resolution amid the din to suspend the five Congress MPs — TN Prathapan, Hibi Eden, Jothimani, Ramya Haridas and Dean Kuriakose

Livemint, Written By Sayantani Biswas
Updated14 Dec 2023, 03:01 PM IST
Tight security arrangements at Makar Dwar at Parliament House after a security breach on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament terror attack, during the Winter session, in New Delhi, on Thursday. On Wednesday, two people jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery, and another two sprayed coloured gas from canisters while protesting outside the Parliament premises.
Tight security arrangements at Makar Dwar at Parliament House after a security breach on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament terror attack, during the Winter session, in New Delhi, on Thursday. On Wednesday, two people jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the public gallery, and another two sprayed coloured gas from canisters while protesting outside the Parliament premises.(PTI)

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a resolution suspending five Congress MPs for the remainder of the Winter session after being named by the Speaker for disrupting House proceedings.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi moved a resolution amid the din to suspend the five. The five Congress MPs suspended are TN Prathapan, Hibi Eden, Jothimani, Ramya Haridas, and Dean Kuriakose.

"I move the following that this House having taken misconduct of TN Prathapan, Hibi Eden, Jothimani, Ramya Haridas, and Dean Kuriakose Kuryakus in utter disregard to the House and the authority of this Chair and having been named by the chair ...to be suspended from the service of the House for reminder session," the resolution read.

B Mahtab was chairing the proceedings.

Opposition members in the Lok Sabha had on Thursday held vociferous protests demanding a statement from the government on the Lok Sabha security breach even as Speaker Om Birla asserted that security of the Parliament complex is the responsibility of the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

As soon as the Lower House of Parliament met for the day as part of the ongoing Winter Session, Opposition members started demanding a statement from the government on the security breach and shouted slogans.

At least two questions and their supplementaries were taken up during the Question Hour, which went on for around 15 minutes.

The Speaker named three Congress members -- T N Prathapan, Dean Kuriakose, and Hibi Eden -- and warned them against creating disturbances in the House before he adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.

On Wednesday, two people jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the visitors' gallery, shouted slogans like "tanashahi nahin chalegi', ‘Bharat mata ki Jai’, and ‘Jai Bheem’, and released red and yellow coloured smoke from canisters that triggered panic and chaos in the House.

The two had been arrested. 

In another incident, two other people were also detained by the Delhi Police outside the Lok Sabha on Wednesday for spraying colour smoke. 

Notably, the two intruders into Parliament had been issued visitor pass by Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mysuru, Karnataka, Pratap Simha

Eight security personnel have been suspended for the massive security breach in Parliament, PTI reported. Those suspended belong to various security agencies who were on deputation for Parliament security.

The PTI report identified the suspended security personnel as Rampal, Arvind, Vir Das, Ganesh, Anil, Pradeep, Vimitt, and Narendra.

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First Published:14 Dec 2023, 03:01 PM IST
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