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Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pulls up erring members in LS, says ‘behave in House’

The undignified conduct of some members since yesterday is extremely unfortunate : Sumitra Mahajan

New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2014 3:28 pm
AP Sumitra Mahajan: The essence of democracy is self-discipline (Source: AP)

Anguished by repeated protests and a Trinamool Congress member telling her that she was “not the Speaker of Narendra Modi”, Sumitra Mahajan today pulled up some members for their conduct, telling them bluntly that if they failed to maintain the dignity of the Chair, it is a “more serious matter.”

Observing that such actions “hurt” the sentiments of the House, a visibly hurt Speaker said the question was one of dignity and decorum of the House and what has happened was “extremely unfortunate”.

Mahajan’s strong observations came soon after fresh protests by Trinamool Congress members, who rushed into the Well, and its leader Kalyan Banerjee telling Mahajan “you are not Speaker of BJP, you are not the Speaker of Narendra Modi.”

“The undignified conduct of some members since yesterday is extremely unfortunate. We all have been hurt by disruptions in the House during the last few days,” she said, deprecating the use of “unbecoming” language, raising slogans and showing placards in the House.

“It is a more serious matter if someone does not want to maintain the dignity of the Chair,” she said, adding, “It is not necessary that if someone shows disrespect to the dignity of the House, others should resort to disruptions. This is not in tune with the dignity of Parliament.”

She appealed to leaders of all political parties to ensure that their members do not resort to undignified conduct and help in the smooth functioning of the House.

“It is not proper to stage a dharna in the Well of the House or directly or indirectly resort to undignified conduct,” she told the MPs, adding that maintaining dignity and discipline in the House was the duty of all members.

“In fact, the essence of democracy is self-discipline,” she said, adding, “When we spread disorder, then many unwanted things happen. Charges, counter-charges and unbecoming language is used. This hurts us all, the people of the nation and the democratic principles.”

The Speaker’s observations came in the wake of TMC members repeatedly storming the Well in protest against the Railway Budget and the House witnessing some ugly scenes yesterday following a few BJP and TMC members coming to the verge of a clash.

Earlier, Banerjee made some objectionable remarks targeting the Speaker, saying “you are not Speaker of BJP, you are not Speaker of Narendra Modi”, as the entire ruling coalition stood up and strongly protested against the comments leading to adjournment of the House.

Banerjee later apologised in the House, saying, “If I have hurt your sentiments, I am very sorry.”

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  1. S
    Jul 9, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    Sumitra Mahajan is a veteran parliamentarian and MP from Indore for more than two decades.As speaker she has full powers to show unruly members their proper place.If TMC and Congress MPs behave like street rowdies speaker can call the marshals and throw them out.Nation wants intelligent parliamentarians and law makers ,not hooligans.
    1. S
      Jul 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm
      NDA members did the same for the last 10 years. Now the thieves have become the policemen.
      1. C
        Jul 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm
        There is an old saying " how can you wash of the stripes of a tiger" impossible in the same way many of our politicians have their roots in local goo-----ism Just because they entered into august houses how can you expect them to change their mind set all of a sudden. No way it is for EC to conduct investigations and filter them at the time of filing nominations. If they misbehave debar them for ever.Jaihind