"No Words Banned": Lok Sabha Speaker On Row Over 'Unparliamentary' Words

"No Words Banned": Lok Sabha Speaker On Row Over 'Unparliamentary' Words

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who was responding to a large backlash about a revised list of unfit words for parliament which included essential terms such as “corrupt”, and “irresponsible”, said Thursday that neither house had “banned” any word and that the list was simply a collection expressions that had been removed from past records.

“Earlier, a book of unparliamentary words was released… we have placed it on the internet to avoid wastage. We have created a list of words that were expelled, but no words have been blocked,” said Mr Birla.

“Have the Opposition (and they) ever read this 1100-page dictionary? It contains unparliamentary words. It would have prevented misinformation… He said that it had been released in 1956, 1996, 1992, 1999 and 2004, 2009, 2010,…and has continued to be released on an annual basis since 2010.

In the Wednesday release by the Lok Sabha Secretariat of the “unparliamentary words” list, the words Jumlajeevi”, baal Buddhi’ and ‘Covid spreader’ joined common expressions such as —ashamed’, —abused’, and —betrayed’.

Opposition strongly opposed the decision, claiming it would hinder their ability to criticize the government.