AGENCIES, New Delhi: The suspension of seven Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha (LS) has been revoked by Speaker Om Birla. The House proceedings were disrupted on Wednesday over the suspension of Congress MPs who had snatched snatched papers from chair last week. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi had moved a motion to suspend the Congress members from the House for the remaining period of the Budget session.
On Wednesday, Opposition leaders demanded the withdrawal of suspension of the Congress MPs. Birla called a meeting of different political parties in a bid to restore order and peace in the House. Birla had suspended seven Congress MPs — Gaurav Gogoi, T.N. Prathapan, Manickam Tagore, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Benny Behanan, Rajmohan Unnithan and Dean Kuriakose for disrupting the proceedings of the House. All of them were accused of snatching papers from the Speaker’s table.
“Snatching papers from Speaker’s table utmost disrespect to Chair, we condemn this. We have requested Speaker to set up panel to look into continuous indiscipline by Congress members,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi had said after the incident.
The suspension of seven MPs was the first such suspension in the 17th Lok Sabha.