Six Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha for five days following ruckus

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The five-day suspension means that they will not be able to attend the presidential oath ceremony in Parliament's Central Hall in a short while from now.

Staff Reporter GUWAHATI, July 25 - The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today hailed the role played by Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha yesterday on the issue of cow vigilantes. It is not right to take such action without passing any notice or conducting any enquiry, ' adding, "other parties are with us".

As soon as the House assembled for the day and the Question Hour began, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of cow vigilantism and the "repeated" incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection.

The Congress leader also alleged that there was corruption in Food Corporation of India (FCI) and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED). "We can't comment on the Speaker but at the same time we want justice as well. She handled the work with patience", the Congress leader said.

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"The entire country should watch this.Show it, let them watch", the Speaker said.

It came after the suspension of six Congress Parliamentarians for throwing pieces of paper and disrupting the proceedings during zero hour on Monday. "Those are official papers". Anguished over the unruly scenes, the Speaker said, "If you are bent upon creating a ruckus, how will the House run?" And upholding this democratic tradition, six Congress MPs have invited the wrath of the LS Speaker. In condemnation, the treasury benches to shout "shame, shame". And unable to understand why this happened, as I did not prevent them from raising any issue.

Initiating a short-duration discussion on the "farmers' distress leading to rise in the incidents of their suicide", Congress leader Digvijaya Singh accused the government of being "insensitive" to the plight of the agriculturists.

They urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to reconsider the decision to suspend Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev, Ranjeet Ranjan, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, K Suresh and M K Raghavan.