Ansari moots automatic expulsion of disruptive Rajya Sabha members

India's Parliament building . All is not well within
India's Parliament building . All is not well within

NEW DELHI  (TIP): Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari sought suggestions from political parties on December 17 for a new rule in the Upper House to automatically suspend disruptive members.

Ansari’s proposal, that took many leaders by surprise, came amid the House being held hostage to continuous disruptions since last week.Towards the end of the multi-party Business Advisory Committee of the Upper House, the panel which decides its weekly agenda, Ansari raked up the disruption issue and spoke about the “perception” that there is no discipline in Rajya Sabha.

He also added that the Chairman does not have the same power as of the Lok Sabha to deal with disruptions in the House. “In Rajya Sabha, no member can be automatically suspended. I have to take the permission of the House to suspend any member,” he said.

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