MP throws paper at Chair in Lower House

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Rajesh Ranjan drew strong censure from Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai for tearing a newspaper and throwing the bits at the Chair while protesting against religious conversion.

Upset with Ranjan’s conduct, Thambidurai immediately adjourned the House for 10 minutes as the Opposition members, including those from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Aam Aadmi Party continued to create ruckus raising anti-government slogans and demanding a statement from the prime minister. The government had moved a bill to amend some of the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, when the incident took place.

“What happened at 3 pm. I strongly object to the manner in which member Rajesh Ranjan did it. He was throwing paper at me. If you are accepting this procedure, you have to take a decision. I am very sorry for that. You have a right to express your anger. I have no objection to it. But you have thrown paper at me. Why have you thrown it on me? This is very bad. You cannot throw paper at the Chair,” a visibly angry Thambidurai said as soon as the House resumed proceedings. Condemning Ranjan’s conduct, Thambidurai also asked members of the Lower House if they endorsed his behaviour.

Ranjan immediately responded saying he did not throw paper at the Chair. Ranjan is a member of Parliament from Madhepura, Bihar.

“You have thrown paper at me. That is why I adjourned the House. That is not fair on the part of a member. Not giving respect to the Chair is not correct.

You have your right to say but you should not behave that way. I am sorry for that. Why have you thrown paper at me?” the deputy Speaker insisted. Ranjan was seen apologising to the deputy Speaker, while refusing to accept that he threw bits of paper at him.

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