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Unruly Scenes in Lok Sabha: BJP to Move Resolution against Congress after MPs Shove Each Other

Delhi: Congress MPs Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and others raise slogans during a protest over Delhi violence, at Parliament during the ongoing Budget Session, in New Delhi, Monday, March 2, 2020. (PTI Photo/)

Delhi: Congress MPs Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and others raise slogans during a protest over Delhi violence, at Parliament during the ongoing Budget Session, in New Delhi, Monday, March 2, 2020. (PTI Photo/)

Several BJP woman MPs urged the Lok Sabha Speaker to take the strongest action, including expulsion, against four Congress members, accusing them of "misbehaving" during the opposition's protest against Delhi violence in the House.

New Delhi: Expressing anguish over the scuffle between BJP and Congress members in Lok Sabha on Monday, Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House till 11 am on Tuesday, saying he does not want to run it under such circumstances.

The BJP said it will pass a resolution in the Lower House on Tuesday against Congress MPs demanding action against them after the lack of decorum during Parliamentary proceedings.

On Monday, BJP and Congress members pushed and shoved each other in Lok Sabha as opposition parties vehemently protested over the issue of violence in Delhi and demanded Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation.

As soon as the House met at 2 pm, opposition members started raising slogans from the well against the government. The Lok Sabha was adjourned three times till 4.30 pm as the ruckus continued.

The opposition members went into the area of treasury benches carrying a black banner, demanding Shah's resignation, as Birla took up the listed business. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi condemned their "unruly behaviour" and asked the Speaker to continue with normal business.

Joshi alleged "these are the people" who have provoked the riots. "They murdered 3,000 people in 1984 (riots) and did no investigation. The priority is to restore peace... but they want to create tension," he said.

Seeking to restore normalcy in the House, Birla asked opposition members in the well to take their seats even as they continued to shout "we want justice" and "Amit Shah Murdabad" (Down with Amit Shah). They were also holding placards saying "stop hate speech, save our India".

Things took a turn for worse as Congress' Gaurav Gogoi and Ravneet Singh Bittu took the black banner to the Treasury benches where BJP's Sanjay Jaiswal was speaking on 'Vivaad Se Vishwas' Bill.

BJP members, including Ramesh Bidhuri and Nishikant Dubey, asked them to return to the Well. Some Congress members tore papers and hurled them in the air.

The charge by the Congress members angered BJP members, including many from back benches, who rushed towards the Congress members.

Members from both sides then began pushing and shoving each other following which the proceedings were adjourned till 3 pm by the Speaker.

Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani were seen trying to pacify the agitated members. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi were present in the House during the uproar.

When the House reassembled at 3 pm, some BJP members were seen blocking the way to their side of the Well.

Congress member Ramya Haridas complained about being manhandled by BJP members. BJP's Rama Devi, who was in the Chair, adjourned the House again till 4 pm saying "whatever you have done is

wrong".

But the ruckus continued when the House again met and it was adjourned till 4.30 pm by the Chair.

However, the slogan-shouting by the BJP members continued. They chanted slogans like "Desh ki raksha kaun karega, hum karenge hum karenge (Who will defend the nation, we will do it" and "Mahatma Gandhi amar rahein, nakli Gandhi jail mein rahein (Long live Mahatama Gandhi, fake Gandhis stay in jail).

Some Opposition members placed a placard demanding Shah's resignation on the Speaker's table but it was swiftly removed by the staff.

Earlier, Birla asked leaders of oppositions parties to ensure that their members take their respective seats as the "people of the country are watching (the proceedings)".

"This is the temple of democracy. There are certain rules and tradition. You should not come to the Well," he said.

MPs call for strict action

Several BJP woman MPs on Monday urged the Lok Sabha Speaker to take the strongest action, including expulsion, against four Congress members, accusing them of "misbehaving" during the opposition's protest against Delhi violence in the house.

The BJP, official sources said, is considering moving a resolution to suspend these four Congress members from the House.

Union minister Smriti Irani, who was joined by several woman MPs of the ruling party, slammed these Congress members as "goonda elements" and said that their conduct reflected the "desperation of the Gandhi family". The BJP MPs were jostled and misbehaved with by them, she added.

The opposition party in turn accused the government of tearing democracy to "shreds" by not allowing a discussion on the Delhi violence. A Congress member also filed a complaint against a BJP lawmaker for "misbehaving" with her.

(With inputs from PTI)

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