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Ahead of monsoon session, MP assembly releases booklet on avoiding unparliamentary words in House | India News

BHOPAL: Political parties may accuse each other of “murder of democracy” and “bundle of lies” during public meetings but in Madhya Pradesh assembly, they must watch what they say. A day ahead of the monsoon session, the assembly released a collection of 1,560 unparliamentary words and phrases which are considered as rude or offensive and could not be used inside the House.
No member can use words like “Pappu”, “Feku”, “Bantadhaar”, “Ullu Ke Patthe” and “420”. Speaker Girish Gautam said that the day he felt that not a single word used in the House was expunged, he would withdraw this booklet.
“There are several objectionable words commonly used by the MLAs in the House to attack each other. A word like “liar” is insensitive. Legislators should use ‘untrue’. These are the words which have to be expunged during the House proceedings. These words cannot be used by the Members of Parliament under Article 105 (2) of the Constitution of India,” said Gautam after the release of the book.
He further said, “The MLAs are like film actors who are called real heroes but the difference is, they get several chances for retakes to rectify their mistakes or dialogues. But, the MLAs who are the real heroes for the public do not get a chance to retake if they spell out any wrong word in the House. A collection of phrases has been prepared therefore, to prevent the use of unparliamentary words in the House,” he clarified.
Officials said that it took three months to prepare the handbook with the help of books and references compiled by the Parliament. Among words and phrases that have been deemed unparliamentary are scumbag, shit, badmashi, bad (as in an MLA is a bad man) and even Mamu. The government cannot be accused of bluffing (bakwas), bribe (rishwat), blackmail, thief (chor), dacoits (daku), deceit (dhoka), degrade (ghatia),and bhrasht (corrupt), all are unparliamentary.
In all, 1161 objectionable sentences used during the last 67 years (since 1954) and expunged in the House, were also mentioned in the booklet. Apart from Gautam, Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Leader of Opposition Kamal Nath, legislative affairs minister Narottam Mishra, Congress chief whip Govind Singh and principal secretary of assembly, AP Singh were present among others.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the assembly is a temple of democracy. “Once some college students came to witness the proceedings of the House but they were disappointed. When I asked the children about their experience in the House, a student reacted that it was rather a `fish market’. Vidhan Sabha is just not a building of bricks and mortar, but a temple of democracy. Many times during debate in the House, words which are not to be used were used. They should be avoided,” he said.
Congress Leader of Opposition Kamal Nath said, “It is surprising that we have to take a booklet on unparliamentary words to be avoided in the House. It is the responsibility of the members to maintain the decorum and culture of the country.”
The four-day monsoon session will begin on Monday amid strict Covid-19 protocol. Speaker Gautam called an all party meeting on Sunday morning to discuss crucial issues. “Instructions have also been issued to maintain social distancing and use of face masks in the assembly premises. Entry will be restricted through invitation and members will have to furnish details about their vaccination. No one will be allowed to enter the House without vaccination. Entry to the Presidential and Guest galleries will also be restricted,” said officials.
Apart from routine business, the House is likely to clear two pending bills on death penalty on the sale of illicit liquor and regularisation of illegal colonies. Supplementary budget for the year 21-22 is also likely to be tabled in the House. During the four-day session, 1,184 questions have been raised by the legislators and 236 requests have been submitted for Call Attention Motion. A total fifteen petitions and five bills have been received for discussion during the session.

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