- The six lawmakers have been suspended for five days
- Opposition leaders to protest tomorrow
- Opposition wanted Lok Sabha to discuss rising incidents of mob attacks
"The entire country should watch this...Show it, let them watch," Ms Mahajan said angrily. She said that the Congress lawmakers grabbed files from a table and tore and threw paper. "Those are official papers. Doing that is a crime," she said, adding, "Creating a ruckus at the Well is non-disciplinary in itself but tearing up paper and throwing it at the Speaker four times was worse."
She announced the suspension soon after the Lok Sabha reconvened at 2 pm, prompting the opposition to launch another protest and force the house to be adjourned, first till 2.30 and then for the day.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi was in the House when members of her party trooped into the well or Centre of the House raising slogans and then threw paper. Mrs Gandhi later met other opposition leaders in her office and they have announced a dharna or sit-in in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament house tomorrow morning in protest against the suspension.
Sumitra Mahajan said the Congress MPs had launched protests despite her agreeing to an opposition request for a discussion on alleged atrocities against Dalits and minorities.
As she announced the suspension, lawmakers from the ruling BJP shouted, "shame, shame."
"If the Opposition want to speak, they should give notice. The entire House condemns such action. We don't accept such action from the Congress party. This is shameful and action should be taken against the members who threw papers towards the Chair," said parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar, who moved a motion that the Congress MPs be suspended.