Acting tough on the "un-parliamentary" language used by the opposition as well as ruling party members, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (LA), Nazir Ahmad Gurezi on Tuesday informed the House that using un-parliamentary language is disrespect to the Chair of the House.
The issue was raised by the Minister for Rural Development Department Abdul Haq Khan, who said the un-parliamentary language was being used in the House by some members "which is uncalled for."
"Some members are using un-parliamentary language in the House to please some section of people. But they must remain in discipline. Some members devalue the Chair to create hype in media by indulging in such acts," Khan said.
He said media also "highlights these members which gives them hype while as other members who raise genuine issues remain unnoticed." "This house consists of learned and educated members who are experienced as well," he said.
Khan asked the Deputy Speaker to pass directions for media to give coverage to members highlighting genuine public issues instead of news that comes out is hype. "They (Media) are dong job but there should be directions for them in this regard," he said.
Gurezi who was conducting the proceedings of the House on behalf of Speaker Kavinder Gupta told the House that "disrespect to the chair won't be tolerated at all, be it speaker or deputy speaker holding position on it."
"If you (members) want me go there (opposition benches), I will accept that constitutionally, but I won't tolerate any sort of disrespect or dishonor to the chair," he maintained.
He termed the lawmakers as custodian of the House and asked them to refrain from using un-parliamentary language. "I won't allow anyone to dishonor this chair. You should maintain discipline," the speaker added.
He said, "I am shocked that words like 'Papu pass hogaya' are used after a minister presents grants" in the house." "It is because of the blood given from the times of Sheikh sahab that honor of the Chair has been maintained," the Deputy Speaker added.
Senior Congress leader and MLA Inderwal GM Saroori demanded that any un-parliamentary remarks made in the House must be expunged from the Assembly records. "We apologize if any improper language was used by any member which has disrespected the Chair. The Chair must be respected," Saroori said.
The PDP MLA from Karnah, Raja Manzoor while speaking on the issue said, "Whosoever among members makes noise or creates a scene in the House gets media coverage while as other members who are here to highlight genuine public issues remain unnoticed."
"People whom we represent here will get an impression that we don't talk about their issues here. This is condemnable," he said.
Gurezi while addressing the Press Gallery asked the media men to take the issue into consideration and give preference to the issues which are in the interest of the public instead of giving hype to some members who create uproar in the house. "You are a pillar of our democracy. You must highlight the members who raise the issues which are of public concern," he said.