Congress disrupts proceedings, Lok Sabha adjourned for 25 minutes

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Demanding an apology from a BJP member for making offensive remarks against party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress, on 10 December, disrupted the Lok Sabha proceedings and forced the House to adjourn for 25 minutes.

Even as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan declared that the said remarks were expunged and warned the BJP member, Congress MPs rushed to the well of the House and raised slogans when the Question Hour was taken up.

After the House assembled for the day, the Speaker disallowed an adjournment motion by Congress members on the remarks made on 9 December by BJP MP Virendra Singh.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, the remarks directed against Rahul, Scindia, and former premiers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were, “objectionable and shocking”. “What’s more, the ruling party MPs were egging Singh on.”

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, Congress members were creating disorder. “They hurled papers on the Deputy Speaker on 9 December, should action not be taken against them? You called PM, Hitler. Is that okay,”  Naidu added.

As the war of words between Kharge and Naidu continued, the Speaker warned Singh that what he said was “wrong”. When Singh wanted to say something, he was snubbed by the Chair and told to take his place.

She also warned the Congress against dragging the issue, saying they may also have to apologise for throwing papers at the Deputy Speaker. As the Congress protests continued, the Speaker adjourned the House for 25 minutes.

After the House met again, the Congress continued its protest, but the Question Hour went on amidst the commotion.