Fracas in RS: Opposition MPs face tough action

Wednesday 18th August 2021 06:23 EDT

Tough action is being contemplated against opposition MPs named by the Rajya Sabha secretariat in its report on the fracas in the House last week when the general insurance bill was taken up for passage.

Discussions held with officials by Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu have led to the assessment that the pulling and shoving in the House was initiated by a set of opposition MPs determined to approach the officials' table and physically disrupt proceedings.

Naidu is also understood to have conferred with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla over the physical aspect of disruptions during the monsoon session and it was felt that there is need for disciplinary action to prevent further deterioration in the conduct of MPs in Parliament. The immediate context, however, remains the incidents in the Upper House when some MPs clambered onto the officials' table and two marshals were injured in the melee.

The Parliament security staff have lodged complaints about the actions of certain MPs that led to injuries to two staffers. They have also compiled the television coverage of the events from multiple cameras placed inside the House.

The process of the disciplinary action is to be finalised and the RS secretariat is studying past instances where action was taken against MPs for conduct in the House or for other misdemeanours. On a few occasions, a committee was set to review the matter and submit recommendations, as was the case in the "cash for questions" scam which led to 11 MPs being expelled for the remainder of their terms.

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