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Six Trinamool Congress MPs were ordered to leave the Rajya Sabha for rest of the day by the Rajya Sabha Chairman over “grossly disorderly” conduct, after they entered the well of the house and displayed placards while protesting over the Pegasus scandal.Six Trinamool Congress MPs were ordered to leave the Rajya Sabha for rest of the day by the Rajya Sabha Chairman over “grossly disorderly” conduct, after they entered the well of the house and displayed placards while protesting over the Pegasus scandal.
Rule 255 of the General Rules of Procedure of the Rajya Sabha:
=> The Chairman invoked rule 255 to suspend them.
How is suspension under Rule 255 different from Suspension under Rule 256?
Rule 256 provides for ‘Suspension of Member’; whereas Rule 255 provides for lesser punishment.
Differences in powers of Speaker and Chairman of Rajya Sabha:
=> Like the Speaker in Lok Sabha, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha is empowered under Rule Number 255 of its Rule Book to “direct any Member whose conduct is in his opinion grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately” from the House.
=> Unlike the Speaker, however, the Rajya Sabha Chairman does not have the power to suspend a Member.
Procedure to be followed for suspension of Rajya Sabha MPs:
=> The Chairman may “name a Member who disregards the authority of the Chair or abuses the rules of the Council by persistently and wilfully obstructing” business.
=> In such a situation, the House may adopt a motion suspending the Member from the service of the House for a period not exceeding the remainder of the session.
=> The House may, however, by another motion, terminate the suspension.
Efforts to bring order in the House:
As Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Vice-President Ansari had attempted several steps to bring order to the House. In 2013, he mooted a number of radical solutions to maintain decorum. This included:
How can suspension of MPs be justified? Isn’t this an extreme step to take in order to curb unruly behaviour?
The solution to unruly behaviour has to be long-term and consistent with democratic values.
By: ASRAF UDDIN AHMED ProfileResourcesReport error
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