Oppn Fumes at ‘Unparliamentary’ Gag; Speaker Clarifies: No Words Banned

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The booklet released online on Wednesday by the Lok Sabha secretariat just ahead of the monsoon session of the parliament starting on July 18, declares that words such as ‘Shakuni’ ‘jumlajeevi’, ‘baal buddhi’, ‘Covid spreader’ and ‘Snoopgate’ and even habitually used words such as ‘ashamed’, ‘abused, ‘betrayed’, ‘corrupt’, ‘drama’, ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘incompetent’ are henceforth unparlaimentary

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI – As the Opposition resorted to a fierce backlash against the reports suggesting there has been a ban on use of certain critical words inside parliament, the Lok Sabha Speaker, on Thursday, clarified that there were no such ban orders and the list was merely a compilation of words and expressions taken off records in the past.

“Earlier a book of such unparliamentary words used to be released… to avoid wastage of papers, we have put it on the internet. No words have been banned, we have issued a compilation of the words that have been expunged,” NDTV reported Birla saying. He added that such lists have been released in the past too beginning in 1954 till 2010 as he slammed the opposition for “spreading misconceptions”.

The booklet released online on Wednesday by the Lok Sabha secretariat just ahead of the monsoon session of the parliament starting on July 18, declares that words such as ‘Shakuni’ ‘jumlajeevi’, ‘baal buddhi’, ‘Covid spreader’ and ‘Snoopgate’ and even habitually used words such as ‘ashamed’, ‘abused, ‘betrayed’, ‘corrupt’, ‘drama’, ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘incompetent’ are henceforth unparlaimentary. 

 Reacting to the development, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and put out a graphic that mocked the move as he gave a definition of the word ‘Unparliamentary’ are “used in discussions and debates which correctly describe the PM’s handling of the government, now banned from being spoken.” Mr Gandhi tweeted, sharing a screenshot of what was carefully edited to look like an excerpt from the Dictionary.

Gandhi also used words from the list in a sentence to explain what the government considers an unparliamentary. “Jumlajeevi Tanashah shed Crocodile Tears when his lies and incompetence were exposed,” his Tweet said.

Asaduddin Owaisi President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and member parliament from Hyderabad also questioned the government’s gag on use of critical words in the parliament as he asked whether it was not unparliamentary for the speaker to sit behind the PM at the unveiling ceremony of the National Emblem Ashoka Pillar installed at the top of the new Parliament House.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also lashed out at the Central government saying it declared a ban on use of some words used inside Parliament. “Tomorrow they will ask you to wear saffron clothes to enter the premises,” Ranjan said the government was creating a second republic by taking the decision to ban non-parliamentary words from the committee.

Trinamool Congress’s Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien said this has been issued to silence the MPs. He said that he will use words like ashamed, corrupt, and betrayed. If the rule is to suspend ash, he challenged the speaker to suspend him.

Congress’ Abishek Singhvi asked what the point of a parliament was “if you can’t be creative in your criticism?”

Another congress leader Jairam Ramesh words used to describe the reality of the Modi government being considered unparliamentary. “What next vishwaguru?” he asked.

The booklet said that the words  like ‘anarchist’, ‘Shakuni’, ‘dictatorial’, ‘taanashah’, ‘taanashahi’, ‘Jaichand’, ‘vinash purush’, ‘Khalistani’ and ‘khoon se kheti’ would also be expunged if used during debates or otherwise. The final decision lies in the hands of Rajya Sabha Chairman and the Lok Sabha speaker on whether an expression would be expunged.

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