Parliament logjam: Suspended 25 MPs for greater good, says Sumitra Mahajan

Mahajan said she hoped to give parliamentary proceedings 'a fresh start' with her 'stringent decision' against obstructionism in the house.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 4, 2015 12:36 pm
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Hours after she named and suspended 25 Congress Lok Sabha members for five days for “persistently and wilfully obstructing” proceedings in the House, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday said she had taken a “decision for the future good of Parliament”. She underlined that the “opposition must have its say, but the government also must have a way”.

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Speaking at the Idea Exchange programme — the full transcript will appear on Sunday, August 9 — in The Indian Express newsroom shortly after she adjourned the House, Mahajan said: “Let us see what happens. I am not stubborn.”

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The Speaker’s action followed days of protest by Congress members who have been raising slogans and waving placards in the well of the House to press their demand for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the controversies surrounding them.

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Mahajan said she hoped to give parliamentary proceedings “a fresh start” with her “stringent decision” against obstructionism in the house.

“Sometimes we have to think why Parliament is there… whether Parliament is for discussions… for diplomacy, for making some laws… there is a rule book, rules made by parliamentarians… why is obstruction the only way to oppose when there are rules we have framed as parliamentarians? One must start thinking… kuchh hona chahiye ki nahin? Or, should it go on?”

She said she had given Congress members enough time, and warning. “I have not taken the decision immediately. This has been happening for the past eight days. So I tried. I told them, please don’t do that. Yes, you must have some demand but you can discuss. There are so many rules.”

“I called all leaders of the parties and told them to stop their members from waving placards, to go back to their seats. Or, to do at least one of the two things. But not only did they not stop, they started coming towards me. They started (overshadowing) the Speaker and the ministers with placards. Then I thought yeh height ho gayi. The opposition must have its say, but the government also must have a way.”

She said last week when she asked Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress to leave the House for the same reason, she noticed that a group of school children were watching the proceedings from the visitors’ gallery. “I thought then, what message are we sending them?”

Told that the BJP had adopted a similar strategy when it was in the opposition, Mahajan said there was need to put a stop to this since every party had resorted to such tactics in the past.

“Yes, last Parliament BJP did it, before that the Congress did it… I have the records… mere bete ne kara, tumhare bete ne kara, ab humare pote poti bhi karein kya? (your son did it, my son did it, now should our grandchildren do it)… whether it should carry (on), that is my question… you started a wrong tradition, you have to end it somewhere… why not start something positive?”

Asked whether she would be willing to reconsider her decision on the suspension of Congress MPs, she said: “Today I have taken some decision after trying (to find a solution). Let us see what happens. I am not stubborn.”

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    Basant
    Aug 4, 2015 at 6:40 am
    During UPA, she was heckling RS along with BJP goons. She suspended MP because she was told by feku. No one in BJP even f*$t till feku approves.
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      Anurag
      Aug 4, 2015 at 11:14 am
      A bold and strong act. I hope this measure is used in future as well. Not allowing Parliament to work has become an obnoxious tactis and it must be dealt with severely.
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        Atul
        Aug 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm
        Well done Ma'am. We are proud of you. You did the right thing. These kind of mess should be stopped.
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          Bhagavath B S
          Aug 7, 2015 at 6:34 am
          sonia mafia a powerful mafia has come to road level leader,her immature drugs addict son is roaming like a school boy and playing in roads.congress party should elect a indian as president .not keeping this italian mafia.
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            Bankimchandra Desai
            Aug 4, 2015 at 9:02 am
            So that BJP can transact business ! P all bills by voice vote. It is official.
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              Bankimchandra Desai
              Aug 4, 2015 at 9:03 am
              So that BJP can transact business ! P all bills by voice vote. It is official.
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                Bankimchandra Desai
                Aug 4, 2015 at 9:03 am
                So that BJP can transact business ! P all bills by voice vote. It is official.
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                  Bankimchandra Desai
                  Aug 4, 2015 at 9:04 am
                  So that BJP can transact business ! P all bills by voice vote. It is official.
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                    Harish
                    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:12 am
                    It is better to install rubble bullet firing automatic guns in Parliament control this unruly MPs ,this useless Parliamentarians waste our time well as money ,without seeing party-line whenever there is parliament disruption need to shoot at their buttocks so they can feel the pain of Public.
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                      Jagannathan
                      Aug 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm
                      Whatever may be the time lost.Look who started the game .Is it not your Italian master ?
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                        George Cruz
                        Aug 4, 2015 at 4:47 am
                        This is a bold step taken by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to suspend the rogue congress members who are arrogant, ignorant, and blocking the major developments proposed by the BJP. The people who criticize the BJP of similar tactics are mistaken and blind supporters of illiterate and incompetent congress leadership. The reality is that the congress party for the last ten years never had any developmental proposal which are worth ping and the BJP has done a good job by blocking all those ic proposals by the congress party.
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                          Lovely
                          Aug 4, 2015 at 7:05 am
                          Parliament is not kabadi market yard, to shout and howl.
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                            Lovely
                            Aug 4, 2015 at 7:04 am
                            We require tough leaders.
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                              Joyjeet Chowdhury
                              Aug 4, 2015 at 8:49 am
                              My sincere and deep condolence. The question stands, if buddhu still wants to raise question on differential issues outside the Parliament, then he can do that. This time tearing a bill in a press conference will not work as earlier.
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                                mumbikar
                                Aug 5, 2015 at 2:01 am
                                what about the BJP MP'S using abusive language ?
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                                  Matin
                                  Aug 5, 2015 at 10:17 am
                                  BJP has shown this type of behavior in parliament from 2006 to 2014 including this lady n in same manner. Sumitra Mahajan along with 50 BJP members launched same type of protest during Jan Lokpal Bill.
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                                    narayan
                                    Aug 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm
                                    As an observer I feel speaker did the right thing but anguished because of too late.
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                                      Naresh
                                      Aug 5, 2015 at 9:36 am
                                      The speaker should see whether there are provisions to bar these mischievous MPS from contesting elections for the next 10 years or deport them to Andamans .
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                                        tarique parmar
                                        Aug 4, 2015 at 7:22 am
                                        And sumitra mahajan must remember she is speaker of parliament not the spokesperson of national bjp
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                                          tarique parmar
                                          Aug 4, 2015 at 7:20 am
                                          During upa government shushma swaraj say not allowed to run the parliament is also a kind of democracy. Then now it must be autocracy. And same rules must be applied in all the states where BJP sits in opposition,where illitrate goons selected as mla's and they disrupt the procedings
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                                            Pee Vee
                                            Aug 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm
                                            Blatant lie just like your political master. Check the number of working hours where BJP did not allow the parliament to function during UPA regime and you will have your answers. The 15th Lok Sabha, with UPA II government, was the crowning glory of the BJP in disruption of the Parliament - at 61 percent, its productive time was the worst in Indian legislative history. During the same period, the record for Rajya Sabha was equally dismal - 66 percent
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