Automatically suspend members who enter well of house, panel tells Speaker

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha’s Rules Committee on Friday recommended “automatic suspension” of members who enter the well of the house or willfully obstruct its business by shouting slogans despite being repeatedly warned by the Chair.

The panel’s recommendation to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan comes at a time regular disruptions of the House have become the norm.

The recommendation, to suspend five consecutive sittings or remainder of the session whichever is less, was made in a draft report placed before the committee in its meeting chaired by the Speaker.

Miffed over MPs holding placards inside the Lok Sabha and creating a ruckus, Mahajan called a meeting of the committee on Thursday.

According to the draft report placed before the committee, an amendment of  Rule 374A (1) of the Lok Sabha’s Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, which deals with suspension of the member, has been recommended. (AGENCIES)