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Days after censor order, RS Secretariat says Parliament House can’t be used for dharnas, strikes

This comes a day following uproar by the Opposition parties over the Lok Sabha Secretariat releasing a booklet with a list of the words and expressions that will be considered unparliamentary in both Houses of Parliament

parliament news today, parliament house, protests, parliament rules, india news, india news latestCongress President Sonia Gandhi, party leader Rahul Gandhi and others stage a protest demanding repeal of Centre's three farm laws at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Nov 29, 2021. (Express photo by Anil Sharma)

A circular by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat on Friday banned holding demonstrations, dharnas, fast or religious ceremonies in the precincts of Parliament House.

“Members cannot use the precincts of the Parliament House for any demonstration, dharna, strike, fast, or for the purpose of performing any religious ceremony,” the bulletin said.

The official notification issued by the Parliament House on Friday.

Congress general secretary and chief whip of the party in Rajya Sabha Jairam Ramesh took to Twitter to attack the government. “Vishguru’s latest salvo — D(h)arna Mana Hai!,” he said, sharing a copy of the circular issued on July 14.

This comes a day following uproar by the Opposition parties over the Lok Sabha Secretariat releasing a booklet with a list of the words and expressions that will be considered unparliamentary in both Houses of Parliament, ahead of the Monsoon Session beginning July 18.

The list features words like “jumlajeevi’, “baal buddhi;”, “Covid spreader”, “Snoopgate”. “anarchist”, “Shakuni”, “dictatorial”, “taanashah” , “taanashahi”, “vinash purush’’, “Khalistani”, among other common words such as “betrayed”, “corrupt’, “drama”, “hypocrisy” and “incompetent”.

In an attack on the list, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shared an image explaining the meaning of the word “unparliamentary” as “Words used in discussions and debates”. He added that this “correctly describes the PM’s handing of the government now banned from being spoken”. The image also had examples of “unparliamentary sentences”, with some of the words marked in bold: “Jumlajeevi Tanashah shed crocodile tears when his lies and incompetence were exposed”.

Alleging that the words were being banned because of PM Modi’s “fear” of the Opposition, the Congress’s official handle said: “Who will be afraid of ‘Jumlajeevi’ — who has given jumlas. Who will be afraid of the word ‘Jaichand’ — who has betrayed the country.”

Senior Congress leader Mallikharjun Kharge said that while the government may have banned the use of words like “Jumlajeevi, corrupt, drama and hypocrisy, it was answerable to the people on ‘LPG & Price Rise, Unemployment, Agneepath’.”

Calling the move a “gag order” ahead of the elections, TMC MP Derek O’ Brien said: “Now, we will not be allowed to use these basic words while delivering a speech in #Parliament. Now, we will not be allowed to use these basic words… Ashamed. Abused. Betrayed. Corrupt. Hypocrisy. Incompetent. I will use all these words. Suspend me. Fighting for democracy”.

TMC MP Mahua Moitra put out a series of tweets on the issue. In one, she asked if “Truth” was unparliamentary, while quoting the annual gender gap report and the health and survival subindex, to say that India is among the “5 countries with gender gaps larger than 5%”.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, however, denied any ban on words to be used in Parliament, adding: “Members are free to express their views while maintaining the decorum of the House.”

First published on: 15-07-2022 at 11:45:44 am
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