143 Opposition MPs suspended across both the Houses

New Delhi: Two more Opposition MPs were suspended for misconduct in Lok Sabha on December 20, adding to the suspension spree this session that has broken all records and sparked a massive row.

A total of 143 Opposition MPs across the two Houses have been suspended over the past one week after they demanded a statement from Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the security breach in parliament last week. As many as 97 Lok Sabha MPs have been suspended in Lok Sabha alone.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla suspended Thomas Chazhikadan of the Kerala Congress (Mani) and A M Ariff of the CPI(M) after the House adopted a resolution moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. The two MPs have been suspended for the rest of the session.

Out of the 142 Opposition MPs in Lok Sabha, 97 have now been suspended — over 68 per cent. With less than 100 Opposition MPs left in Rajya Sabha after the suspension spree, the government does not face any challenge in that House either.

This effectively means that getting any legislation through the House is a walk in the park for the government at this point. And there are two more days to go before the end of the winter session — the last full session before the Lok Sabha polls next year.

The Opposition MPs have been protesting in both Houses of Parliament after two intruders trespassed into Lok Sabha and set off colored smoke in a massive security breach. The Opposition parties demanded a statement by the Home Minister.

Security breach: Karnataka techie, MNC employee detained

New Delhi: The Delhi Police have detained a software engineer employed with an MNC from Karnataka’s Vidyagiri in connection with the December 13 Lok Sabha security breach incident. According to reports, Sai Krishna Jagali, the techie, knew Manoranjan D, one of the men who entered the Lok Sabha with hidden canisters and sprayed yellow smoke in a huge security scare on the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament attack. Reports said Sai Krishna is the son of a retired cop of the Karnataka Police.

Delhi Police Special Cell detained another man from Uttar Pradesh in connection with the case. 50-year-old Atul Kulshetra is a resident of Jalalpur, reports said. On December 20, all six arrested in the case were confronted with each other for a corroboration of the sequence of the incident. The police custody of the four accused Sagar Sharma, Manoranjan D, Neemal and Amol Shinde is ending on December 21. Lalit Jha and Mahesh Kumawat are the two other accused arrested in the case.

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