A year after Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had to expunge her own remarks during a debate, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien repeated the act, deleting a few angry remarks directed at Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi from the parliamentary records.
Kurien had lashed out at Naqvi after the minister sought to know under what rule was Deputy Leader of Opposition Anand Sharma raising a point of order when the Chair was trying to resume discussion on government’s demonetisation move on Wednesday.
Sharma had raised a point of order, claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had violated the Constitution by announcing the demonetisation decision since the monetary policy fell under the purview of the Reserve Bank of India. As Kurien allowed Sharma to speak, Naqvi got up and asked what rule was he citing for his point of order. At this point, Kurien, who was already finding it difficult to run the proceedings of the House, got angry with Naqvi. But he later expunged his own remarks.
Though words or sentences spoken by MPs are routinely expunged, whenever these are considered “unparliamentary”, it is rare to find the Chair deleting its own remarks.