Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended 25 members of the Congress party for five days for disrupting House proceedings and causing ‘grave disorder’.
Mahajan’s actions came before warnings to the party’s lawmakers to stop wearing black bands or carry placards demanding resignation of three top BJP leaders, including Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.
The Congress has continuously disrupted the House ever since the Monsoon Session began 10 days ago. Jantakareporter.com was one of the first to report that Rs 2.5 lakhs is being lost every minute as a result of the Parliament logjam. If the whole Monsoon Session is wiped out, the cost borne by the exchequer will be Rs 162 crores.
Earlier on Monday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had made it clear that no discussions in Parliament would be allowed unless the government was willing to remove the three BJP leaders involved in controversies. Later, Gandhi termed the suspension orders for 25 MPs a ‘black day for democracy’.
While Mahajan announced the suspension move in Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay pleaded with her to take a lenient view but she did not relent. Both the Houses were also adjourned for the day.
Earlier during the day, an all-party meet called by BJP leaders had failed with a no resolution motion being passed.
Senior BJP leader and finance minister Arun Jaitley had however claimed that only a small minority of MPs were holding the House to ransom and that most political parties wanted the stalemate to end. Jaitley was later criticized for making discussions of the all-party meet public.