5 Members suspended from Parliament
The Monsoon session of the parliament started on 20th July 2023. A highlight of the session was the suspension of various prominent and reputed ministers for unruly behavior. With the suspension of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary from Lok Sabha, here are some more leaders who got suspended from the two houses.
Recently, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the opposition in the House, was suspended by the Lok Sabha on Thursday for unruly behavior and repeatedly provoking disturbances, and his case was referred to the privileges committee. The motion of suspension of the minister was brought in by Parliament Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi. In his speech in the No-Confidence motion, he compared the Leader of the Ruling Party, PM Narendra Modi with a blind king. He said that when Dhritrashtra (the blind king from Mahabharata) was blind, Draupadi (the wife of Pandavas) was humiliated. The king is sightless and there is no distinction between Manipur and Hastinapur. As he began his speech, PM Modi walked into the Lok Sabha. Chowdhury said that it is the power of the no-confidence motion that has got the Prime Minister to the Parliament today. He continued, “we were all unconcerned with this motion of no confidence. We merely asked PM Modi to visit the Parliament and address the Manipur issue. We just wanted our PM to be present in the Parliament.”
On July 24th, Sanjay Singh, a Rajya Sabha member from the AAP was expelled from the Rajya Sabha on July 24th for "repeatedly violating" the Chairman's instructions. Piyush Goyal, the leader of the House, submitted a resolution requesting his suspension, stating that this type of conduct is completely against the ethics and rules of the House.
Later on, the only MP from the AAP in the Lok Sabha, Sushil Kumar Rinku was suspended from Lok Sabha because of disciplinary issues as he threw papers at the chairman of the Lok Sabha. Rinku was suspended for the remainder of the session, as the motion of suspension of the minister was brought in by Parliament Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi.
Raghav Chadha, an AAP MP who was charged with 'forging' the signatures of five Rajya Sabha MPs, was expelled from the Upper House of Parliament on 11th August 2023. This suspension will last till the privileges committee has finished its investigation and submitted a report. Piyush Goyal proposed the suspension and said that Raghav Chadha's behavior was immoral. Goyal accused Chadha of violating privilege and claimed that Chadha's behavior was unexpected and unworthy of a member of Parliament.
Lastly, Derek O'Brien, the leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was suspended by Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday for the remainder of the present session of parliament due to disorderly behavior unbecoming of a Rajya Sabha Member. He was nevertheless permitted to participate in the session later since the suspension motion was not put to a vote.