New Delhi: In an apparent reference to comments against parliamentarians by yoga guru Ramdev, a Samajwadi Party member in Lok Sabha on Wednesday sought action under the rules of the Parliamentary privilege against people making such "derogatory" references against MPs.

Without naming Ramdev, Shailendra Kumar said such remarks made "openly on public platforms" amounted to breach of privilege of the Parliament and demanded action against the culprits.

"MPs were being openly bad-mouthed by these persons who were calling elected representatives a bunch of thieves, thugs, rapists and murderers," he said.

Maintaining that he had moved a privilege notice on the matter, Kumar said the government should also investigate the sources of funding of NGOs and religious organisations run by these people who were using these platforms to attack politicians elected by the people.

The SP member, who received all-round support in the House, demanded that the government should be directed to take action against all those "harming democracy and attacking the Parliament".

Kumar and Congress member Jagdambika Pal sought severe punishment to those making such remarks and violating the dignity of the House.

PC Chacko, who was in the Chair, said Kumar's notice had been received by the Speaker and asked the agitated members to await her decision.

(Agencies)

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