Parliament on Tuesday adopted a motion moved by the government to suspend eight Telangana Congress MPs for four days starting Tuesday, when they disrupted proceedings by rushing to the podium, raising slogans and waving placards demanding a separate state. They did not relent even after home minister P Chidambaram, parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Congress whip Ranee Narah persuaded them to go back to their seats.
The Congress MPs from the region have been agitating for the statehood cause and had forced several disruptions of the House. According to reports, the suspended MPs have refused to leave the House and have staged a sit-in protest against their suspension.
The Congress proposal appeared to be to suspend the members for the remaining part of the Budget session, but it did not find favour with the CPI which suggested that there should be a token punishment for only four days. It was supported by BJP, SP and other parties.