|Topic: GS2 – Polity This topic is not much relevant in the context of Prelims but more for Mains in the context of rules for the Suspension of MPs.
- MPs were suspended as a result of their demonstration against the December 13 security breach in Parliament.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been under pressure from the Opposition to make a statement, hold a debate on the matter, and in certain circumstances, resign.
- The absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Parliament has further intensified their calls for accountability.
- The Congress claimed that in order to distract from important concerns, the government wants to establish an “Opposition-less Parliament.”
- On the other hand, the BJP asserted that the Opposition had a “pre-planned strategy” to obstruct crucial bills and charged them of demeaning the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.
- Adjournments occurred in the Lok Sabha as a result of disturbances caused by opposition members, who held banners and chanted slogans.
- Thirty members were suspended for the remainder of the meeting, and the privileges committee will investigate the actions of the three members who climbed on the Speaker’s platform.
- 34 Rajya Sabha members were suspended, and 11 were told to abstain while the privileges committee reviewed its report.
- The Winter Session, which ends on December 22, is currently confronted with difficulties in passing significant legislation.
|Who can suspend MPs?
- The increased political tensions in Parliament are reflected in the widespread suspension of opposition MPs.
- The administration is emphasising the necessity for seamless parliamentary proceedings, while the opposition is demanding accountability for the security breach.
- Both sides are still accusing one other of undermining democratic principles.
- It is yet unclear how this incident will affect how Parliament operates and what will happen to important bills.
|PYQ: The Indian Constitution has provisions for holding joint session of the two houses of the Parliament. Enumerate the occasions when this would normally happen and also the occasions when it cannot, with reasons thereof. (UPSC CSE (M) GS-3 2017) (250 words/15 m)
|Practice Question: Discuss the implications of an “Opposition-less Parliament” on democratic norms and the legislative process. (150 words/10 m)