Shashi Tharoor is a Congress MP and a former UN diplomat. (Photo: Reuters)

Tharoor Slams Those Disrupting Parliament, Says They Should Be Suspended

Congress MP and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor took exception to continued disruption of Parliament and said those disrupting the House should be suspended automatically.

I do not think people have sent me to disrupt the House. However, the culture of Indian politics since independence, has sadly taken this shape. I have not changed my views on this and my party also know this. Debate and discussion should be held in Parliament and not disruption.
Shashi Tharoor, MP, Congress

Tharoor was reacting to stalling of the House by Opposition over the demonetisation issue.

He added that an all-party consensus should be arrived at to see that any member who disrupted the House got automatic suspension.

The Congress leader also hit out at the BJP and said the party had disrupted the House when it was in opposition and has now become "high advocates of Parliament proceedings." "Disruption of Parliament has become a vicious circle," he said.

To a question on the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government's alleged involvement in the AgustaWestland scam, Tharoor said nobody would believe that former prime minister Manmohan Singh would commit a mistake.

Manmohan Singh is a man with strict financial integrity. I do not think that he will do any financial mistake.

Tharoor also criticised the demonetisation move by the Centre and said it was implemented without planning.

(With inputs from PTI.)