Expressing serious concern over the unprecedented ugly scenes in the Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday directed the Joint Parliamentary Committee on security in the Parliament House to convene an emergency meeting on Monday to examine all security-related matters, including steps to prevent bringing of life-threatening material into the Chamber of the House by the MPs.
The committee may also look into the demands of lowering privileges to the members in the wake of the pepper spray attack in the Lok Sabha on Thursday evoking outrage.
The JPC on security in the Parliament House Complex, headed by Deputy Speaker Karia Munda, will consider in detail all the pros and cons about the various security measures, including frisking of MPs.
Meanwhile, Congress MP from Telangana region Ponnam Prabhakar has filed a complaint with Speaker Meira Kumar for initiating criminal action against Seemandhra MPs Lagadapati Rajagopal and M Venugopala Reddy.
Kirti Azad, P C Chaco, Mirza Mehboob Baig, Dara Singh Chauhan, Ijyara Singh and Yashvir Singh from the Lok Sabha and V P Singh Badnore, D Raja and Praveen Rastrapal from the Rajya Sabha are the other members of the JPC on security.
Meira Kumar strongly condemned disgraceful act of defilement of the dignity of the temple of democracy, in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.
“Speaker expressed shock and outrage at this incident which is a blot on India’s parliamentary traditions. Members must maintain the highest standards of parliamentary decorum and uphold democratic values which have been assiduously nurtured all these six decades in our country,” a Lok Sabha Secretariat release issued here read.