Highlights

  • Lok Sabha Secretariat listed out over 50 words, expressions that are now unparliamentary
  • MPs will no longer be able to use words such as 'corrupt', ' incompetent’, and ‘Jumlajeevi’ in the House
  • List comes ahead of Monsoon session

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The booklet titled 'Unparliamentary Words 2021' has been prepared by the Lok Sabha Secretariat and was released ahead of the Monsoon session beginning July 18.

'Criminal', ‘Ashamed’, ‘abused, ‘betrayed’, ‘corrupt’, ‘drama’, ‘hypocrisy’, ‘incompetent’, ‘Jumlajeevi’, ‘baal buddhi’, ‘Covid spreader’, ‘Snoopgate’-- these are just some of the over 50 words and terms that Members of Parliament (MP) may no longer be able to use while speaking in the Parliament.

The booklet titled 'Unparliamentary Words 2021' that lists out unparliamentary words and expressions has been prepared by the Lok Sabha Secretariat and was released ahead of the Monsoon session beginning July 18.

Many sentences have also been kept in the category of unparliamentary expressions regarding objection on the Speaker's bench including 'You are wasting my time', 'you strangle us', 'have weakened the Chair' and 'this Chair is unable to protect its members', and so on.

However, the presiding officers such as the Rajya Sabha Chairman and the Lok Sabha Speaker will have the last word in expunging them. Once expunged, they will not form part of the Parliament records.

Criticising the list as a 'gag order' on the Opposition, leaders from several parties including Congress and Trinamool Congress (TMC) took to Twitter to raise their concerns. They questioned the intention behind the choice of words.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien tweeted, "Session begins in a few days. GAG ORDER ISSUED ON MPs. Now, we will not be allowed to use these basic words while delivering a speech in #Parliament: Ashamed. Abused. Betrayed. Corrupt. Hypocrisy. Incompetent. I will use all these words. Suspend me. Fighting for democracy."

TMC’s MP Mahua Moitra said that in the new list the government has “Basically taken all words used by opposition to describe how BJP destroying India & banned them".

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh in a tweet said, "All words used by the Opposition to describe the reality of Modi Sarkar now to be considered 'unparliamentary'. What next Vishguru."

Another Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill tweeted, "Latest List of 'banned words' in Parliament is BJP Govt desperate attempt to control criticism & hard hitting truth. BJP Government wants Parliament to turn into 'yes man' chamber and 'cheerleading stadium' rather than house of accountability and answerability."

Also watch: WATCH: what Lok Sabha speaker said about 'unparliamentary' words row

Words and expressions are periodically declared unparliamentary by the Chair in different Legislative bodies. The latest booklet contains references to words and expressions declared unparliamentary in Parliament and legislative assemblies in 2021 as well as those disallowed in some of the Parliaments of Commonwealth nations in 2020.

It says some of the words may not appear unparliamentary unless read in conjunction with the other expressions used and include any aspersions made against the Chair.

Here's a list of some words and expressions declared unparliamentary:

  1. Abused
  2. Ahankar
  3. Anarchist
  4. Apmaan
  5. Asatya
  6. Ashamed
  7. Baal Buddhi
  8. Bechara
  9. Behri Sarkaar
  10. Behri Sarkaar
  11. Betrayed
  12. Bloodshed
  13. Bloody
  14. Bobcut
  15. COVID Spreader
  16. Chamcha
  17. Chamchagiri
  18. Cheated
  19. Chelas
  20. Childishness
  21. Corrupt
  22. Coward
  23. Criminal
  24. Crocodile Tears
  25. Dadagiri
  26. Dalal
  27. Danga
  28. Dhindhora Peetna
  29. Dictatorial
  30. Disgrace
  31. Dohra Charitra
  32. Donkey
  33. Drama
  34. Eyewash
  35. Foolish
  36. Fudge
  37. Gaddar
  38. Ghadiyali Ansu
  39. Girgit
  40. Goons
  41. Hooliganism
  42. Hypocrisy
  43. Incompetent
  44. Jaichand
  45. Jumlajeevi
  46. Kala Bazaari
  47. Kala Din
  48. Khalistani
  49. Khareed Farokht
  50. Khoon see Kheti
  51. Lie
  52. Lollipop
  53. Mislead
  54. Nautanki
  55. Nikamma
  56. Pitthu
  57. Samvedanheen
  58. Sexual Harassment
  59. Shakuni
  60. Snoopgate
  61. Taanashah
  62. Taanashahi
  63. Untrue
  64. Vinash Purush
  65. Vishwasghat

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