Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday clarified that “no word has been banned” amid controversy over the list of “unparliamentary” words released ahead of the monsoon session beginning July 18.
“Earlier a book of such unparliamentary words used to be released… To avoid wastage of papers, we have put it on the internet. No words have been banned, we have released a compilation of words that have been removed…”
“Has they (opposition) read this 1100-page dictionary (containing unparliamentary words)? If they…(they) don’t spread the misconception…It was released in 1954…1986, 1992, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2010…
Birla’s clarification comes amid controversy over the new booklet by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, according to which, the use of words such as ‘jumlajeevi’, ‘child wit’, ‘Covid spreader’ and ‘snoopgate’ and even ‘snoopgate’ commonly Words like ’embarrassed’ are used. , ‘misbehaviour’, ‘betrayal’, ‘corrupt’, ‘drama’, ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘incompetent’ will henceforth be treated as unparliamentary in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The booklet listing unparliamentary words and expressions comes ahead of the monsoon session beginning July 18, during which words like ‘anarchist’, ‘shakuni’, ‘dictatorship’, ‘tyrant’, ‘tyrant’, ‘jaichand’ is used. ‘Vanish Purush’, ‘Khalistani’ and ‘Khoon se Kheti’, if used in the course of debate in both the Houses or otherwise, will also be omitted.
Birla said that the members of Parliament can freely express their views, and no one can take them immediately, but it should be according to the decorum of the House. “Decision to delete the words in the context and keeping in view the objections raised by other members,” the speaker said.
As soon as the booklet was released, the opposition pulled up the government fiercely. Rahul Gandhi Tweeted ‘New Dictionary for New India’. TMC MP Derek O’Brien said it was a “close order” Continuing on MPs”.
“Now, we will not be allowed to use these basic words while giving speeches #Parliament : embarrassed. mistreated. Cheated. corrupt. Hypocrisy. Incompetent I would use all these words. suspend me Fighting for democracy,” he tweeted.
(with PTI inputs)