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“No Words Are Banned,” Lok Sabha Speaker Amid Unparliamentary Words Row

Om Birla further clarified that such lists have come out several times and is part of regular Parliamentary Practices

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INDIA.Delhi: Amid a massive dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Government over the updated list of words censored for parliamentary use that included common words like “abused” and “irresponsible”.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday cleared the air and said that no word had been “banned” in either house and the list was merely a compilation of expressions that had been removed from the records in the past.

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“Earlier a book of such unparliamentary words used to be released… to avoid wastage of papers, we have put it on internet. No words have been banned, we have issued a compilation of the words that have been expunged,” Om Birla said.

“Have they (Opposition) read this 1,100-page dictionary (comprising unparliamentary words)? If they had… would not have spread misconception… It’s been released in 1954, 1986, 1992, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2010… began releasing on a yearly basis since 2010,” he added.

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The Lok Sabha secretariat had issued a new booklet listing unparliamentary words for both houses on Wednesday which cause a stir among the parliamentarians as well as the citizens.

The move sparked outrage in the opposition, with Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien throwing an open challenge, saying he would continue to use the words.  Mahua Moitra tweeted, - Advertisement -

Moitra also tweeted stating facts that need to be taken care of instead of banning words, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Receives First Lata Mangeshkar Award


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