New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday again suspended four TDP and AIADMK for two consecutive sittings for causing “grave disorder” in the house.
The Speaker’s action came as members of the two parties were agitating near the Speaker’s podium shouting slogans in support of their demands like special status for Andhra Pradesh and against the proposed dam on the Cauvery river in Karnataka, issues on which they have been protesting ever since the start of the session.
The House could not proceed with the Question Hour as there was pandemonium and the Speaker adjourned it till noon. The situation was no different when the House resumed and Mahajan issued a warning and suspended the four members of both the parties including AIADMK leader P. Venugopal and TDP’s N. Shivaprasad.
Last week, the Speaker had suspended 45 Lok Sabha members belonging to AIADMK and the TDP.
“You have come to the well of the House and you are abusing the rules by persistently and wilfully obstructing the business. By your wilful and persistent obstruction, the grave disorder is being occasioned. I am, therefore, constrained to name you under Rule 374A.
“Therefore, all of them stand automatically suspended from the service of the House for two consecutive sittings of the session under the provision of Rule 374A. They may forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the House,” she said.
Mahajan requested the suspended members to withdraw themselves from House but they did not relent and continued with their protest.
Mahajan then adjourned the House till 12.30 p.m.