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Suspension Of MPs

Suspension Of MPs:

In the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi sought the approval of the House for suspending 12 Rajya Sabha MPs for the remainder of the session.

  • The reason for their suspension was “their unprecedented acts of misconduct, contemptuous, unruly and violent behaviour and intentional attacks on security personnel” on the last day of the Monsoon Session.
  • MPs are required to adhere to certain rules of parliamentary etiquette.
  • The presiding officer of each House can direct an MP to withdraw from the legislative chamber for grossly disorderly conduct.
  • The MP then has to remain absent from the proceedings of the House for the remainder of the day.
  • The presiding officers can also “name” an MP for “persistently and wilfully obstructing the business” of the House.
  • In such a case, usually, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister moves a motion for suspending the offending MP from the service of the House. The suspension can last until the end of the session.
  • In 2001, the Lok Sabha rule was amended to give the Speaker one additional power. A new rule, 374A, empowers the Speaker to automatically suspend an MP for a maximum of five days for disrupting the business of the House.
  • In 2015, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan used this rule for suspending 25 Congress MPs.