Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a member of the Lok Sabha and the leader of the West Bengal Congress, appealed to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to revoke the publication’s new list of impermissible terms and phrases.
Before the Monsoon session commencing on July 18, a considerable controversy emerged over a 50-page compendium of phrases considered inappropriate for usage in Parliament.
The Congress leader further emphasized that this “important topic” should have been handled in the Rules Committee, which has representatives from all political parties.
“I would want to draw your kind attention to something that the Parliament is quite concerned about. A new brochure from the Lok Sabha Secretariat lists the wards that have been determined to be unparliamentary. Words like “ashamed,” “abused,” “betrayed,” “corrupt,” “drama,” “hypocrisy,” “incompetent,” “Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote.
“I’d want to draw attention to how many terms from our everyday dialogue are featured in the most recent list. The effect of expression would be reduced if these terms were eliminated from the common language. Additionally, the Lok Sabha Secretariat ought to have listed the alternatives to these forbidden terms so that we could all utilize them more easily “Added he.
“I’d also want to point out that the Rules Committee, which has representatives from all the major parties, is where this delicate topic should have been handled. On this delicate issue, none of the major parties have been contacted “added he.
He also urged the Lok Sabha Speaker to hold the most recent list of unparliamentary phrases and to engage all political parties in preparing the final list.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Thursday that “no terms have been prohibited” in response to the opposition’s criticism of the 50-page list of phrases considered inappropriate for usage in Parliament made public by the Lok Sabha secretariat.
During the controversy surrounding the Opposition’s questioning of the Lok Sabha secretariat over phrases labeled as “unparliamentary” earlier on Thursday, senior sources in the Lower House said that such word removal has been going on since 1954 under different political regimes.
On Thursday, Raghav Chadha, a Rajya Sabha member for the Aam Admi Party (AAP), said that it is wonderful to know that the Indian government is aware of “adjectives that appropriately reflect its performance.”
He said that the Indian government is afraid of the truth and that although “andolanjeevi” is still in use, phrases like “jumlajeevi” have become out of bounds.
The removal of terms has been going on since 1954 across different political regimes, according to senior sources in the Lower House, notwithstanding the controversy surrounding the Opposition’s questioning of the Lok Sabha secretariat on phrases labeled as “unparliamentary.”
A report from the Lok Sabha Secretariat that published a list of phrases labeled as “unparliamentary” has previously drawn criticism from some prominent members of Parliament.
“Any phrase said that is insulting or contrary to the spirit of Parliament jeopardizes the integrity of the chamber. The chair has the authority to remove them, “sources said.
“Since 1954, numerous political regimes have produced this collection. This has sometimes been made public under different political regimes “sources have been cited.
The Lok Sabha Secretariat provided a few instances of previously deleted terms.
“On August 17, 2011, during a Rajya Sabha discussion, the term “dishonest” was first eliminated. Similar to this, on March 3, 2011, the phrase “dishonesty” was initially removed from the Lok Sabha discussion “sources said.
On March 21, 2012, the word “Shame” was removed from a Parliamentary record.
In the Rajya Sabha discussion on March 20, 2012, the term “cheating” was removed from the Parliament records due to its unparliamentary use.
According to reports, “the chair had omitted the terms “Chori” and “loot” for the first time in the Lok Sabha discussion on March 13, 2012, and “jhooth” on April 27, 2012.
On November 17, 1966, during a Lok Sabha discussion, the phrases “corrupt” and “corrupt man” were removed from the records of the Parliament.
According to reports, “Ayogya – inept – was first erased from Parliament records during a Lok Sabha discussion on November 17, 1966.”
Similar to that, many similar deletions have happened throughout time.
According to government insiders, the opposition’s response is the consequence of their “bankrupt politics” since the list is just a collection of phrases that have previously been banned from use in the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, or state legislatures. A list of unparliamentary terms in Commonwealth nations’ parliaments is also included.
“In Australia’s House of Representatives, it is misused and considered unconstitutional. The National Assembly of Quebec frowned upon immaturity. The budget’s lollipops were removed from the Punjab Assembly. You have arrived at the location where lying was banned from the Punjab Assembly “the sources said.
The list is released shortly before Parliament’s monsoon session, which starts on July 18.
Many terms have been outlawed, including “corruption,” “corrupt,” “Jumlajeevi,” “tanashah,” “Dictator,” “black,” and “Khalistani.”
Senior lawmakers Jairam Ramesh Derek O’Brien, Randeep Surjewala, and Priyanka Chaturvedi have raised concerns about such a notice’s purpose.
In a tweet, Derek O’Brien stated: “The session will start soon. MPs were granted a gag order. Now, while making a statement in the House of Commons, we won’t be able to utilize these fundamental words: ashamed. Abused. Betrayed. Corrupt. Hypocrisy. Incompetent. I’ll make use of every word here. Dismiss me. defending democracy.”