MPs told to behave during Obama address

Last Updated: Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 21:31

New Delhi: MPs have been told to behave in a
dignified manner during President Barack Obama`s address to
the joint sitting of Parliament on Monday.

The advisory has been sent by the Parliament Affairs
Ministry to leaders of parliamentary parties to ensure that
there is decorum and dignity of the institution is maintained.

Several MPs had jumped over benches and jostled to reach
President Bill Clinton and shake hands with him when he
arrived to address the joint sitting of Parliament in March,
2000. Their behaviour had drawn criticism.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is against issuing such
instructions to the MPs, "who are mature enough to behave".
The Speaker watched a video on Clinton`s visit.

BJP MP Arjun Ram Meghwal said the advisory had been issued
by the ministry.

Obama will address the two Houses of Parliament`s joint
sitting in the Central Hall of Parliament House tomorrow
evening.

PTI




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