New Delhi: Six Opposition MPs were suspended from the Lok Sabha for five days on Monday on the ground of "highly unbecoming" conduct after they tore up official papers and threw them on the Speaker during a protest over lynchings in the country.
The ruckus caused Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House, and she suspended the six MPs, who are all from the Congress, for "undermining the Chair's dignity", when the House met at 2 PM.
She said she was constrained to name Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan for their improper behaviour, PTI reported.
In her order, she said all these members had torn official papers and thrown it towards the Chair, which prompted members of the treasury benches to shout "shame, shame".
Some of these members had picked up papers from the Lok Sabha secretariat staffers' table and had torn and thrown them, Mahajan said, as reported by PTI.
She said all this had happened despite her agreeing to a discussion on the issue of alleged atrocities against Dalits and Muslims.
Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and a few other members had raised the issue of atrocities and she had allowed them to speak, Mahajan said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had also agreed to a discussion on the issue, despite that many members stormed the Well, she said while pronouncing the order.
They did not stop despite her repeated requests to them to return to their seats. Instead, the Congress leaders indulged in the improper conduct, she said, while adjourning the House till 2.30 PM.
As she pronounced their suspension, many Congress members again trooped into the Well, with K C Venugopal being heard telling her that she should suspend all Congress members. Congress President Sonia Gandhi was also present in the House.
When the House reassembled at 2.30 PM, Congress members were joined by the Left in protesting against the suspension, prompting Deputy Speaker M Thambi Durai to adjourn the House for the day.
(With PTI inputs)