Seven MPs from the Congress party have been suspended from the rest of the budget session for the rumpus generated in parliament for the last few days over a discussion on Delhi violence. The second half of the budget session, which begins on Monday, ends on 3rd April.
The suspended MPs include Gaurav Gogoi, TN Prathapan, Dean Kuriakose, Benny Behananm Manickam Tagore, Rajmohan Unnithan and Gurjeet Singh Aujla.
Congress’ leader of the house Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary stated that the party will ‘not let up’.
"We want a discussion on Delhi riots and we have requested them continuously and now the speaker does not do it. We are not beggars. This has been done with the knowledge of the speaker," Mr Chowdhury told reporters.
The oppositions, which have been pressing for a discussion in the House on the violence, have been highly distressed over the Speaker’s refusal to hold it any time before holi, arguing that the time for such a discussion is not right.
The Speaker committed to a discussion on 11th March, the day after Holi.
The conflict on the issue had secure persistent adjournments, allowing little time for any other business since parliament reconvened for the second half of the session.
The biggest rumpus occured on Monday and Tuesday, when members of the government and the opposition embroiled in a scuffle and threw paper at the chair.
Following Monday’s havoc, Speaker Om Birla convened the all party meeting at lay some ground rule for the smooth working of the House. On Tuesday, after a scuffle between the members, the Speaker had warned that member from both opposition and treasury benches, who cross over to the other side, will be suspended for the whole session.