was on Thursday adjourned for the day as members of the AIADMK and TDP continued to disrupt proceedings despite the Speaker suspending 21 more MPs for unruly behaviour.
With the House unable to transact business due to ruckus by the two parties, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered the suspension of the 21 members, including 13 of TDP and seven of AIADMK. The development came a day after 24 AIADMK members were suspended for the rest of the session for disrupting proceedings.
As the House met on Thursday, AIADMK and TDP members trooped in the Well, raising slogans and carrying banners demanding the stalling of a dam on river Cauvery and special state status to Andhra Pradesh, respectively. The AIADMK members flung papers towards the chair several times. Amid the ruckus, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the agitating MPs to return to their seats.
However, protests by the unrelenting members of the two southern parties continued. At this, the Speaker initially warned that she would be forced to name the unruly members and take action against them. "I warn you, I will take you names. You have come to the Well and are persistently creating trouble," she said.
As the members refused to budge, the Speaker suspended 12 TDP MPs and seven AIADMK members under Rule 374(A) of Lok Sabha
proceedings for the next four sitting of the House.
Soon after the house met again at 2 pm, the suspended members of AIADMK and TDP trooped into the Well of the House continuing their protest and shouting slogans. Two more TDP members -- P Ravindra Babu and Kesineni Srinivas -- were also suspended from the Lok Sabha
for unruly behaviour.
Two questions were taken up during the Question Hour even as the members continued to shout slogans.
Members from the Congress wanted to raise the Sabarimala issue and Mahajan told them that the matter can be raised later.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was expected to respond to the Congress party's allegations on the Rafale deal
in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi
on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi
"does not have guts" to come to Parliament and confront questions about the Rafale deal.
At a press conference later, he used an audio clip to allege that Goa Chief Minister and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was "blackmailing" Modi with a file on the Rafale deal.