Pandemonium broke out in Lok Sabha as the government moved a motion to suspend 11 Andhra Pradesh members, including seven from the ruling Congress, for the remainder of the session to ensure a smooth session for the passage of food security bill.
These MPs were protesting against the proposed formation of Telangana. Ironically, it was aggressive opposition led by leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj that prevented suspension of 7 Congress and 4 TDP MPs from the House.
Speaker Meira Kumar instead of completing the process and taking consent of House for the suspension, adjourned the House, as one of the TDP members protesting in the Well pulled a mike and a Congress member lunged to break another.
The Congress later accused the BJP of going back from its earlier assurance that it would oppose the suspension of MPs by walking out and not by forcing an adjournment.
The party spokesman Sandeep Dikshit said the government still wants to convince all parties to pass the law and that is why it has adopted many amendments brought by the opposition.
But if the Bill is blocked and not passed before the end of the session, the government may have other options, he said. He was hinting at another Ordinance after the session ends as constitutionally permissible to replace the July 5 Ordinance which is sought to be replaced by the Bill.