‘The routine of guidelines’, LS Secretariat sources say after Oppn uproar

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New Delhi, July 15 (IANS): After opposition outcry over the ban on demonstrations on parliament premises, sources at the Lok Sabha secretariat said it was “routine notice” ahead of each session.

Secretariat sources said similar notices had also been issued in the past. This has happened in previous terms in Parliament. Congress strongly opposed it as it follows a controversy over the use of the words in parliamentary debates

The guideline published in the householder says, “Members may not use the precincts of parliament for any demonstration, Dharna, strike, fast or for the purpose of performing any religious ceremony.”

The notice was issued by the Parliament Security Office on Thursday.

On Thursday, the Speaker clarified that there was no prohibition on using words as alleged by the opposition. The booklet read: “Words and Phrases in English which have been declared unparliamentary in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislatures in India and some Commonwealth Parliaments.”

Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said: “The way the BJP government has destroyed the functioning of the house since 2014 is far more unparliamentary than these words which describe the characteristics of this government. The Congress led by the UPA believed in democracy but the BJP led The NDA stifles any possibility of dissent or difference of opinion.”

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