Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi introduced the proposal Suspended The quartet – Manickam Tagore, TN Pratapan, Jothimani and Ramya Haridas – claimed that these MPs had “completely disregarded” the authority of the Speaker. Speaker Om Birla also took a tough stand on the frequent disruptions – placards were shown and slogans were raised inside the House – and termed it a “blot on democracy”.
Later the four MPs went near the Gandhi statue. Parliament The Congress alleged that the government was trying to “intimidate” it to raise the issues of the people and said it would not bow down. Joshi retorted: “The action taken against him is justified”.
The Speaker had said that the protesting members including Congress, TMC and DMK can raise slogans and show placards outside the House after 3 pm.
He said the government was ready to discuss the issues raised by him and stressed that people want the House to run. Birla said, “This House is the temple of democracy of the country and it is your responsibility to protect the dignity of the House.”
The TMC MPs, who were part of the opposition parties that protested till 2 pm, did not join the protest after the House proceedings at 3 pm. However, as soon as the proceedings of the House resumed, waving of placards and sloganeering continued, the voices of the members participating in the Zero Hour were drowned out. During the Question Hour, many members came to the Well of the House.