“Use your tongue,” says Jagdeep Dhankhar in response to Raghav Chadha’s hand gesture

The opposition members of parliament have asked that the day’s activities be postponed so that they can talk about the “serious situation arising out of breach of security.”

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Raghav Chadha was forewarned by Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday against protesting and making a hand gesture during the raising of a point of order amid the commotion surrounding the opposition’s demand to talk about the security breach that occurred in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. On December 13, the opposition Members of Parliament have called for the day’s scheduled business to be suspended so that they can debate the “serious situation arising out of breach of security” in Parliament. However, Dhankhar ignored the warnings and carried out the Zero Hour.

The whole Opposition burst into protest at this point, waving placards. In the meantime, Chadha attempted to raise a point of order with a wave of his hand. Speaking out against the gesture, the chairman stated, “Mr Chadha, you don’t have to do like this (hand gesture) to raise a point of order…use your tongue…don’t do it.” Dhankhar went on to chastise the AAP MP, saying, “Use your tongue if you want to say something. Don’t make hand gestures. This is your chance to discover a lot of new stuff. It appears that you will soon begin dancing as well. Take a seat and remain silent. This House has already penalised you.

During the Monsoon session of Parliament in August of this year, Chadha was suspended from the Rajya Sabha for providing the media with “misleading” facts. On December 4, the house overruled his suspension on a motion, and he was permitted to attend the meeting. Opposition Members of Parliament have, in the meantime, called for Union Home Minister Amit Shah to address the security breach and then make a statement. The legislative process is frequently interrupted. After opposition objections, the Rajya Sabha Chairman adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm. In addition, he requested a meeting in his chamber with the Leader of the House, Piyush Goyal, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Following the morning adjournments, the opposition members were once again incensed and demanding a debate on the security breach that occurred on Wednesday when the house reconvened at 2:00 pm. Since his repeated requests for order in the house were not met with success, Dhankhar adjourned the house for the day. The next meeting of the house is set for December 18.


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