New Delhi: On February 13th 2014, Vijayawada MP L.Rajagopal used pepper spray inside the parliament forcing the LokSabha to adjourn the house.
As soon as the Telangana Bill was presented, a scuffle broke out between two Andhra groups in LokSabha, which ultimately turned into a battleground. Despite the strict security, the scenario was one which was never witnessed before from flying computers to snatching mikes.
Because of the fuss, Meira Kumar, the speaker of LokSabha suspended 18 MPs from Andhra Pradesh, under Rule 374A which says that a member can ‘be suspended from the service of the house for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session’ for ‘disregarding the authority of the chair or abusing the rules of the House by persistently and willfully obstructing business.’(Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in LokSabha, Chapter 27: General Rules of Procedure). These suspended MPs include L.Rajagopal who applied pepper spray and M.Venugopala Reddy who broke the mike. Besides, South Indians may be restricted from entering the Parliament for a few days.
Picture of Rajagopal- Photo courtesy : www.andhrawishesh.com
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