‘Snoopgate’, ‘corrupt’ unparliamentary but not banned, says Lok Sabha Speaker after opposition protests

New Delhi: Words like ‘snoopgate’, ‘jumlajeevi’, ‘anarchist’, ‘dictatorship’, ‘corrupt’, ‘corruption’, ‘black day’ and even ‘spamcha’, ‘coward’, ‘foolish’, ‘eyewitness’ There are also common expressions like ‘. Not “banned” from use in the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha, but considered unparliamentary and hence removed from the past record, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Thursday.

His statement came after the opposition took aim at an updated list of words declared unparliamentary, which was released by the Lok Sabha Secretariat a day earlier.

Birla, however, reiterated that it is the prerogative of the chair presiding over the proceedings of the House – be it the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha or the Legislative Assemblies in the states – to declare the words which he considers unsuitable for use in the House and remove it. Huh. from records.

“The chair is right,” Birla said at a press conference.

The speaker was forced to call a press conference and issue a statement after criticism from the opposition that called This is an attempt by the NDA government to stop them from criticizing it.

From innocent ‘chokra’ to ‘snoopgate’, ‘jumlajeevi’, ‘anarchist’, dictatorship’, ‘corrupt and corruption’, ‘chamcha’, ‘coward’, ‘foolish’, ‘eyewitness’, ‘goon’, ‘traitor’ ‘ and ‘Bhikhari’ to ‘Black Day’ – these are some of the words and expressions that have been declared “unparliamentary” and removed from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as well as state legislatures including Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Punjab. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh.

The Lok Sabha Secretariat released a booklet on Wednesday. These words and expressions used by MPs during debates and discussions in Parliament last year were declared “unparliamentary” by the Speaker and omitted from parliamentary records.

The development comes just three days before the monsoon session of Parliament begins, and also the presidential election on Monday.

Some other words that MPs cannot use during debates and discussions include shame, bloody, cheat, goon, ‘tyrant’, pimp, theft, traitor, pimp, coward, crocodile’s tear and donkey. Hypocrisy, cruel, drama, fake, liar, fool, eyewitness, lie, rubbish, scam, shame, worst, black, black day, black marketing, ‘doggli’, ‘double character’ even expressions like ‘and lazy are considered unparliamentary’ Is.

Words declared “unparliamentary” cannot be used by MPs and MLAs during debates inside Parliament or state legislatures. However, the final decision on whether a particular term should be taken off the record is taken by the chair – whether it is the speaker in the Lok Sabha or the state legislature or the chairman in the Rajya Sabha.

Some of the words used by MPs, chair objection (Rajya Sabha Speaker to Lok Sabha Speaker) were also declared unparliamentary in 2021 and omitted from the record.

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criticism of the opposition

Opposition parties have strongly criticized the ban on certain words. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said there is now a “new dictionary for a new India”.

Meanwhile, the All India Trinamool Congress said it was a case of the ruling Congress’s conspiracy to lose and dishonesty.

“Interestingly, the words which got the new tag of UNPARLIAMENTARY are all adjectives used for the incumbent. Is this a retrospective step to prevent embarrassment? Forced praise clearly in the way of @BJP4India When they start to lose the plot; they cry foul,” Celebration tweeted.

However, senior officials of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, on the condition of anonymity, described it as a routine matter.

“We bring out a pamphlet compiling the words and expressions declared unparliamentary every year. This is not a new thing. We are not giving any instructions. The booklet we released yesterday is for 2021. We don’t know why this controversy is being fueled.

Not only parliament, state legislatures have also done this

It is not only Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The booklet also lists words and expressions declared unparliamentary by various state legislatures last year. For example, the Karnataka Legislative Council has declared ‘Chamcha’, ‘Chamchagiri’, ‘Chellas’ as unparliamentary and omitted them from their records.

The Punjab Legislative Assembly declared the ‘lollipop’, ‘mama’ (uncle) used during a debate in March 2021, as unparliamentary.

Even the word ‘show off’ was declared unparliamentary by the Karnataka Legislative Council in March 2021.

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