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Speaker calls Congress conduct ‘below standard’; adjourns House for 20 minutes
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Speaker calls Congress conduct ‘below standard’; adjourns House for 20 minutes

New Delhi, Feb 12 : Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday reprimanded Opposition especially Congress members saying their conduct in the House was 'below standard' and adjourned the House for about 20 minutes.

Congress members were carrying placards and raising anti-government slogans during Question Hour.

While members including from opposition parties like Trinamool Congress and CPI-M were asking supplementary queries and the respective Ministers were replying, the anti-government sloganeering continued unabated from Congress members.

They were demanding for a JPC on Rafale deal.

In fact, as soon as the House assembled to begin day's proceedings Congress members including K C Venugopal urged the Speaker to allow him and his party colleagues to raise the issue.

Ms Mahajan said - "I will allow you all.....but not now" - and called for first listed question of the day pertaining to the Ministry of Agriculture.

After Agriculture Ministry, questions pertaining to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs were also taken up.

Among others Mohammad Salim (CPI-M), Aparupa Poddar (Trinamool), Krupal Balaji Tumane (Shiv Sena) and Kirit Somaiya (BJP) also put supplementary queries.

But as the din continued with Congress members raising anti-Government slogans and displaying big banners and placards, the Speaker reprimanded them saying their conduct was unbecoming of a "responsible opposition".

"Yeh sthar hin achran hae (Such behaviour can be only called below standard)," she remarked expressing her total disapproval at the Congress members conduct.

"All of you have been in power once and so this kind of behaviour is not expected," she said.

The Budget Session of Parliament - which in effect will be the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha - will conclude on Wednesday.

The average functioning of the Lok Sabha during the on going Budget Session and Winter Session have been quite poor.(UNI)