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Speaker orders probe into RLD MLAs’ shirtless act in Assembly

Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey after the Assembly session in Lucknow on Thursday. (Vishal Srivastav) Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey after the Assembly session in Lucknow on Thursday. (Vishal Srivastav)
Express News Service | Lucknow | Posted: February 21, 2014 6:43 am

Acting on the complaint of Apna Dal MLA Anupriya Patel, Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey Thursday referred the incident of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) legislators taking off their shirts inside the Assembly to the conduct committee for probe.

“I have accepted the complaint of MLA Anupriya Patel and the matter has been referred to conduct committee of the House. Such incidents are against the traditions of the House,” Pandey told reporters outside the Assembly Thursday.

Principal Secretary, Vidhan Sabha, Pradeep Dubey confirmed that the conduct committee of the House will probe the whole incident after the Speaker’s directions.

The conduct committee is headed by the Speaker.

Patel was sitting in the adjacent row when two RLD MLAs Veer Pal Rathi and Sudesh Sharma took off their shirts over the plight of cane farmers during Governor B L Joshi’s joint address Wednesday.

In her written complaint, she termed the act of RLD legislators as “anti-women, insensitive and feudal”.

She also requested that the House should table a resolution condemning the act of RLD MLAs. She also targeted parliamentary affairs minister Azam Khan for not interfering in the incident.

“I have been informed by the Speaker that the matter has been referred to the conduct committee. It was quite insensitive on the part of the legislators to take their kurta off. There are 35 women legislators, we will stop coming to the House if such incidents happen. It was very embarassing,” Patel told The Indian Express.

“The Opposition has the right to protest, but it was disgusting. I am also with cane farmers but we cannot allow such things inside the House,” Anupriya said.

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