New Delhi: With the issue of separate Telangana refusing to die down, eight Congress members of the Lok Sabha from the region, who have been agitating for the statehood cause, were suspended from Parliament for four days for disrupting the proceedings of the house on Tuesday.
Among those suspended are Ponnam Prabhakar, Madhu Yakshi Goud and M Jagannath.
All four are meanwhile camping in the well of the House, refusing to leave from there.
The MPs were suspended after they repeatedly disrupted proceedings by rushing to the front rows, raising slogans and waving placards demanding a separate state.
They did not relent even after Home Minister P Chidambaram, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Congress whip Ranee Narah asked them to go back to their seats. Congress president Sonia Gandhi was also believed to be upset by the conduct of party MPs.
As per reports, the Congress was in favour of suspending the members for the remaining part of the Budget Session, but it did not find favour with the CPI which suggested that there should be a token punishment for only four days. This was supported by SP, JD-U and AIADMK and later the BJP.
Also, Leader of the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee held parleys with Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj apparently in this regard soon after the House adjourned for the second time today.
Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), Sharad Yadav (JD-U) and Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) were also present during the informal interaction in the House.
Mukherjee was also seen having a word with Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
The parleys took place soon after senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh and Dasgupta expressed dismay over the failure of the ruling party to control its members on the Telangana issue.
With PTI inputs