Speaker convenes meet to tighten security

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has directed the Committee on Security in Parliament Complex to convene an emergency meeting on Monday to find out ways to spruce up security.

A Congress MP on Thursday had sneaked into the House with a pepper spray that he fired it on supporters of Telangana state during the introduction of the bill.

The panel has been asked to  “examine all security related matters including the means to prevent bringing of dangerous life threatening material into the Chamber of the House by members,” an official release stated. 

The pros and cons about the various security measures that should be adopted will be considered in detail by the committee headed by Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Karia Munda.

The conduct rules does not empower security officers to frisk MPs – a loophole that can be exploited and pose a threat to the lives of important leaders as witnessed during terrorist attack in 2001. Besides, in the past, MPs have brought wads of cash, witnessed in cash-for-vote scam in which BJP MP came with Rs 1 crore, and guns.

Condemning what she called “disgraceful act of defilement of the dignity of the temple of democracy”,  Kumar expressed “shock and outrage at this incident which is a blot on India’s parliamentary traditions”.  She requested MPs for maintaining the highest standards of parliamentary decorum and uphold democratic values which have been assiduously nurtured all these six decades in our country.

The Speaker had suspended 16 MPs, with ten of them belonging to Congress and remaining from TDP and YSR Congress, after the mayhem in the House that witnessed firing of of pepper spray, uprooting of microphones and breaking of glasses.

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