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49 more Lok Sabha MPs suspended, 141 opposition members out of Parliament | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The Parliament confrontation escalated further on Tuesday as 49 more Lok Sabha MPs were suspended for disrupting proceedings, a day after 78 members were suspended from the two Houses, reducing the opposition’s strength in the lower House by two-thirds at a time when crucial bills, including the three criminal law bills, are being debated and passed.
So far, 141 opposition MPs have been suspended in the ongoing session. On Monday, 33 Lok Sabha MPs and 45 Rajya Sabha MPs were suspended. On December 14, 13 Lok Sabha MPs and a Rajya Sabha MP were suspended.
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge said a “complete purge” was being executed to ensure the passage of “draconian bills” without debate.
The MPs suspended on Tuesday included National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari and Karti Chidambaram, Samajwadi Party MP Dimple Yadav, Supriya Sule of NCP, S Jagathrakshakan and DNV Senthil Kumar of DMK, Giridhari Yadav of JD(U), Danish Ali who has been suspended from BSP and Sushil Kumar Rinku of AAP.
Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal moved the motion to suspend the MPs, which was passed by a voice vote.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi accused the protesting members of being “frustrated” over the recent assembly election results. “INDIA bloc MPs have been demanding a statement from home minister Amit Shah on the security breach in Parliament. They had agreed not to bring placards. They are frustrated with their loss, so are taking such steps. These people will not come back to the House next time if this behaviour continues,” he said.
“They are insulting the chair and the people of India by bringing placards,” he said and recalled that there was a consensus in the Business Advisory Committee and also the all-party meetings that carrying placards and protests would result in immediate suspension of an MP.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said the BJP-led government did not want people to hear the opposition and had, thus, adopted the policy of “suspend, throw out and bulldoze”. He posted on X, “The suspension of 141 opposition MPs reinforces our charge that an autocratic BJP wants to demolish democracy in this country.”
Earlier, as soon as the House assembled, opposition members were on their feet and some of them came to the well shouting slogans and holding placards. Some of them were carrying morphed pictures of PM Narendra Modi.

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While Sonia Gandhi and NCP’s Supriya Sule were seen sitting in the front row of the opposition benches, Rahul Gandhi was seated in the second row.Speaker Om Birla said it was completely against the rules to bring placards into the House. “This House belongs to you. We all have decided that no one will bring placards inside the House. But you have come here with placards. You have even come to the podium. Is this correct? I am giving you the last warning,” he said.

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