SP gives privilege notice to Speaker against three BJP MPs

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New Delhi, Jul 23 (UNI) Leader of the Samajwadi Party Parliamentary Board Mohan Singh today submitted a privilege notice to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, demanding action against three BJP MPs who brought in wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha yesterday in a bid to prove they had been offerred bribe by the UPA managers to vote in favour of the confidence motion.

Mr Singh said the three MPs had invited action by the House for accpeting bribe.

Citing the earlier example in which the House took action against an MP for accepting Rs 5000 for asking some particular question in the House, he said he had demanded that action against the three MPs be taken for accepting bribe in this case too.

''The Lok Sabha does not take cognisance of who has given the bribe, but whether the Member concerned had accepted the bribe,'' Mr Singh told UNI.

Secondly, he said the MPs brought in the wads of currency notes in the House without any knowledge of the Speaker.

He said that under the Lok Sabha code of conduct, no material could be brought in the House without prior permission of the Speaker, but the MPs violated this code, a very basic rule which every member was supposed to know.

''Members of the House are not searched, but they are expected to maintain the decorum of their position and not violate any of its rules. Even as small a thing as a stick carried by ailing and elderly Members is left behind by them before entering the House and they are helped by officials of the House to reach their seats,'' he said.

Another ground on which the privilege notice has been given is that the MPs disturbed his speech, because as he was about to speak, some BJP MPs jumped on him with a bag full of notes, thus depriving him of his right to speak.

The last ground given in the privilage notice was that the BJP MPs by their action had tarnished the image of the House at a time when the whole world was watching the proceedings, he said.

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