New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday suspended 26 AIADMK MPs for ‘continuously coming to the well of the house and obstructing house proceedings’. The MPs have been suspended for five sitting. The AIADMK has 37 members in Lok Sabha.
Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day following several protests by the opposition in the Parliament. The speaker also lost her cool when Congress MPs flung paper planes at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Rafale deal debate.
A high drama was witnessed in the Lok Sabha with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal. Gandhi claimed BJP members were “terrified” of the clip in which Goa minister Vishwajit Rane purportedly told somebody that former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had a Rafale file in his bedroom.
The Congress leader also rejected Modi’s claim in an interview that there was no personal allegation against him, saying this is not true as the entire nation is asking him a direct question.
“He (Modi) spoke for 90 minutes in a staged interview but still did not answer questions on the Rafale issue,” Gandhi said.
Is it not true that defence ministry officials objected to the new price of Rs 1600 crore, Gandhi said, accusing Modi of favouring his “dear friend” and “failed businessman” Anil Ambani.
Later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of “lying and repeating falsehood” on the Rafale issue and claimed that “conspirators” in past defence scams are now raising fingers at the Narendra Modi government.
Refuting the Opposition’s demand of a JPC probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal, Jaitley said that no one has the right to question the Supreme Court’s verdict. “Supreme Court covered all the issues. SC’s conscience was satisfied, Congress’ poll needs yet to be satisfied,” he said.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu also ordered members of AIDMK and DMK to leave the House for the day when they continued to protest in the Well over the Cauvery issue.
The House had to be adjourned twice in the afternoon amid din over the issue and finally for the day, minutes after it reassembled at 3 PM.
The protest by these members prompted Naidu to invoke Rule 255, asking over a dozen members of both parties from Tamil Nadu to leave the House for the day.
Rule 255 provides that the Chairman may direct any member whose conduct, in his opinion, is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the council.
AIADMK members had trooped into the well as soon as the House resumed in the afternoon and were continuously shouting slogans “We want Justice, take the permission (to build a dam on Cauvery) back, Don’t deny rights of Tamil Nadu”, disrupting functioning.