Adhir Chowdhury Suspended for crossing the ‘Lakshman Rekha’


New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday witnessed huge uproar in the passing of bills. The uproar finally ended with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asking Congress MP of Murshidabad, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to leave the House following his misbehaviour with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The incident led to his suspension from the house.

At the height of it, CPM’s Mohammed Salim was heard telling the Speaker, “This is not the Vatican City and you are not the Pope.” The House has been adjourned till Tuesday. Chowdhury had stood up on a stand and banged his placard on the Speaker’s table when a discussion was underway on the Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015. His protest took place amid continuous slogan-shouting by Congress members, who had rushed to the Well of the House.

The Congress has been disrupting House since the beginning of the Monsoon session, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Angry at  Chowdhury’s unruly behaviour, Mahajan adjourned the House for an hour around 3 PM. Chaos started again as the House re-assembled, and the BJP demanded that  Choudhury apologise for his misconduct. As the Congress and the Left members started protesting, Mahajan said, “Despite my repeated requests, the protest with the placard didn’t stop. It was interfering with the others’ rights to speak. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury disregarded authority of the chair.”  Chouwdhury later apologised, saying, “I crossed the Lakshman Rekha and happily accept the punishment by Speaker.”