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Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Suspends 26 AIADMK Legislators for Disrupting Lok Sabha Over Cauvery Issue

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Suspends 26 AIADMK Legislators for Disrupting Lok Sabha Over Cauvery Issue

The Speaker suspended the AIADMK members under rule 374(A), which allows the speaker to punish those found causing a commotion in the house. The parliamentarians were protesting against the Karnataka government's move to construct a dam over the Cauvery in Mekedatu, and were seeking the Centre's intervention in the matter.

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday suspended 26 AIADMK legislators for the next five sittings after they created a ruckus in the house over the Cauvery issue and for constantly disrupting a charged debate on the Rafale fighter jet deal.

TV images showed the parliamentarians trooping into the Well flinging pieces of paper in the air and raising placards. Taking note of the proceedings, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the AIADMK of trying to "protect" Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time when the Centre's involvement in the Rafale deal was being questioned.

M Thambidurai, one of the suspended parliamentarians, alleged that the Karnataka got the approval for the Mekedatu project because the BJP government wants to bag some seats in the southern state in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. "Protesting is our democratic right, and there has been no response from the government," he added.

The Speaker suspended the AIADMK members under rule 374(A), which allows the speaker to punish those found causing a commotion in the house. The parliamentarians were protesting against the Karnataka government's move to construct a dam over the Cauvery in Mekedatu, and were seeking the Centre's intervention in the matter.

The Members suspended included K Ashok Kumar, RK Bharathi Mohan, M Chandrakasi, Jayakumar Jayavardhan, K Parasuraman, Dr K Kamraj, P Kumar, M Vasanti, C Mahendram, K Margatham and P Nagarajan

Earlier, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu ordered

members of the AIADMK and the DMK to leave the House for the day when they continued to protest in the Well over the Cauvery issue.

The AIADMK has 37 members in Lok Sabha


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