23 MPs suspended as opposition protest continues over inflation

New Delhi, July 26 (KMS): At least twenty three Members of Indian Parliament have been suspended amid protests by opposition against the government over inflation.

Nineteen MPs were suspended from Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, a day after action was taken by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Prakash Birla against four Congress MPs. More than 20 MPs would now be barred to attend the monsoon session of parliament.

Seven MPs from the Trinamool Congress are among those suspended on Tuesday. The suspended parliamentarians have been accused of unruly behaviour.

Sushmita Dev, Mausam Noor, Dr Santanu Sen, Dola Sen, Santanu Sen, Nadimal Haque, Abhi Ranjan Biswas, and Shanta Chhetri are the Trinamool Congress MPs who have been suspended. A.A Rahim of the CPI-M, Mohammad Abdullah of Left, and DMK’s Kanimozhi are also among those barred.

Earlier, four Congress Lok Sabha members were suspended for the entire Monsoon session for carrying placards inside the House as a mark of protest against price hike and increase in taxes. The Congress MPs – Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, Jothimani and T.N. Prathapan – have been suspended for the entire Monsoon session ending August 12 for staging protests while carrying placards in their hands inside the Lower House of the Indian parliament.

Speaker Om Birla had earlier warned them to behave and not to hold the placards inside Lok Sabha.

As the proceedings began in the Lok Sabha on Monday after the swearing-in ceremony of Indian President Droupadi Murmu, the opposition members started sloganeering on the issue of price hike and raise in taxes. Some MPs holding placards and banners reached the well of the House.

Later, the four MPs went near the statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the Parliament grounds and raised slogans there. On this, the Speaker suspended their membership for Monsoon session. KMS—8R

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