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There were disruptions over the Telangana issue Monday after Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar suspended nine members for the second time this session,following which an ugly spat took place between TDP and Congress members.
The House could not transact any business after an uproar took place following the suspension of five Congress MPs and four TDP members under Rule 374(A),by which a member after being named by the Speaker is automatically suspended from the service of the House for five consecutive sittings or the remainder of the session,whichever is less.
The suspension was ordered after constant disruptions by anti-Telangana members,who had been raising slogans and banners throughout the session. The rule under which they were suspended is used for grave disorder occasioned by a member coming into the Well of the House or abusing the Rules of the House persistently and willfully obstructing its business.
However,following the suspension,members of Congress and TDP clashed in the House,with allegations that abusive language was used. The clash took place after the House was adjourned,with both sides alleging that unparliamentary and abusive language had been used in a verbal duel. A formal complaint has also been lodged with the Speaker.
The BJP took heavy objection,with spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain revealing that the Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj had lodged a complaint with the Speaker. We strongly condemn this behaviour of Congress MPs. This is unfortunate. Their act was shameful. Congress Chief Whip (Sandeep) Dikshit and Madhu Yakshi Goud abused these MPs who were named by the Chair. They were threatened by these two MPs, Hussain said. Earlier,TDP member N Sivaprasad walked into the Well of the House wearing a mask of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and raised slogans for united Andhra Pradesh. The Congress said a TDP member allegedly used abusive language.