Speaker Om Birla issued a clarification noting that members are allowed to voice their views and that no phrases have been banned in Parliament following controversy over a Lok Sabha secretariat brochure that called the usage of some words "unparliamentary."
"It has been a standard procedure since 1959. No words are forbidden. Members are allowed to voice their opinions. No one can take that privilege [away from members], but viewpoints must be expressed in accordance with parliamentary decorum "said the Speaker.
"A book containing such unparliamentary language used to be published in the past. We have posted it online to prevent paper waste. We published a list of the words that have been deleted, but no words have been prohibited "he added.
He further said that the decision to expunge certain words was taken keeping in mind the objections raised by certain members of Parliament.
"Both the party in power and the opposition have used words that have been deleted in the Parliament. There's nothing quite like selectively erasing phrases that the Opposition uses, the Speaker said at a press conference.