On Thursday, Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress president, wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar in protest after the House expunged six remarks he made in his speech on the motion of thanks on the President’s address. Kharge argued that any criticism of the government, its policies and their ramifications could never lower the dignity of the House. He asserted that Article 105 of the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech for MPs in the House and there is no convention or provision of authentication of points made in a speech on the floor of the House. Kharge further noted that the criticism of the government, its policies and their impact, can never be equated with the lowering of the ‘dignity of the Council’. He urged the Chairman to “look into the provisions of rules and conventions of the House and defend Members’ rights and privileges on the floor of the House”.
Today: December 4, 2023