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Parliament Winter Session, Day 15 Live Updates: On Monday, 33 members of the opposition were suspended from the Lok Sabha, marking the highest number of MPs suspended from both houses in a single day, totaling 78

MPs suspendedShiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi with suspended MPs during their protest at the entrance of Parliament during ongoing Winter session, in New Delhi, Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. (PTI Photo)

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates, Day 15: Rajya Sabha suspended 45 MPs on Monday, with 34 facing suspension for the rest of the Winter Session, while 11 have been suspended until the Privilege Committee delivers its report on their conduct. Meanwhile, a total of thirty-three opposition members, including Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from the Congress, T R Baalu and Dayanidhi Maran from the DMK, and Saugata Roy from the TMC, were suspended from the Lok Sabha for disrupting the proceedings of the house. The suspension duration varied, with 30 members being suspended for the remainder of the Winter Session, while three members faced suspension pending the report of the Privileges Committee. The three — K Jayakumar, Vijay Vasanth and Abdul Khaleque — had climbed on the Speaker’s podium to raise slogans. Both the houses have been adjourned for the day.

Rajya Sabha passed the J&K Reorganisation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023 and Government of Union Territories (Amendment) Bill amid uproar by the Opposition MPs over the Lok Sabha security breach issue. The two Bills seek to enable greater representation and participation of women as public representatives in law-making processes in the legislative assemblies of Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir. Chaotic scenes unfolded in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha once again on Monday, leading to a swift adjournments. Opposition MPs chanted ‘BJP Jawaab do, sadan se bhaagna band karo‘ (BJP, give us answers, stop running away from Parliament) in Lok Sabha.

Earlier in the day, Congress MP and leader of the party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak in Parliament over the security breach issue, criticising him for taking “four days” to react to the incident. On Sunday, Chowdhury had written to Speaker Om Birla, urging him to rescind the suspension of 13 Opposition members of the House. The MPs, he said, raised “very troubling issues” in the wake of the Parliament security breach and deserve a fair hearing.

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Parliament Winter Session Live Updates, December 18: 78 MPs suspended from Parliament over security breach protest

om birla parliament security breach Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings in the House during the Winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. (PTI Photo)

Opp suspensions over House ruckus, not security breach: Om Birla letter to MPs

Amid continuing logjam in Parliament over Wednesday’s security breach, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday urged members to give primacy to the dignity and decorum of the House and clarified that suspension of 13 MPs on Thursday was not in relation to the incidence of the breach but for creating ruckus in the House.

“It is indeed unfortunate that some Hon’ble Members and political parties are linking the decision of the House to suspend some Hon’ble Members from the service of the House to the incident which occurred on 13th December, 2023. This is unwarranted. There is no association between the suspension of Hon’ble Members and the incident which took place on 13th December, 2023. The suspension of Hon’ble Members is purely to uphold the sanctity of the House,” Birla has written in a letter addressed to all MPs.

A tale of two Parliament attacks — and shifting sands of politics, from rivalry to bad blood

Krishan Kant, was heading to the exit gate of Parliament meant for the “V-P”; the convoy of cars parked outside the gate was ready to take him to his residence. The back door of his car had already been opened for him.

Kant had almost reached the exit gate, when someone came running after him. A group of MPs had come to his chamber to see him urgently. The V-P turned around and went back to his chamber.

While Kant was talking to the MPs in his office, there were sound of firing from outside. A car (with terrorists) came towards his vehicle and scraped it and firing ensued; a security guard from his team was killed. The massive Parliament gates were hastily closed.

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First published on: 18-12-2023 at 10:16 IST

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