TMC slams suspension of MPs, calls it ‘undemocratic, illegal’

With two of its MPs suspended from the Rajya Sabha for “unruly” conduct in the course of the Winter Session, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday termed the move as “undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional”, whereas demanding that the footage of the alleged acts of disruptions be launched.

TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, its deputy chief within the Rajya Sabha, claimed even the House Business Advisory Committee (BAC) was not knowledgeable that the federal government was planning to convey a movement to get 12 Opposition MPs, together with TMC’s Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri, suspended for the remainder of the Winter Session.

The members had been suspended below Rule 256 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business within the Rajya Sabha.

“It was not even discussed in the BAC. It was brought in the House without giving the Opposition any chance to present their side. The government used its brute majority to get it passed. We were told that a committee was constituted by the chairman which has submitted its report. But we do not know, it was done behind our backs. No opportunity was given to the persons against whom allegations were made. It is a denial of the principle of natural justice,” Roy advised reporters.

Sen, who was suspended even in September 2020 for “unruly behaviour during the passage of farm laws”, advised that the federal government will be unable to silence dissenting voices by suspensions.

“We are becoming used to such suspensions. This is complete lawlessness. It’s very unfortunate and undemocratic. They are trying to undermine our voices but they won’t be able to do so, come what may. We feel proud since we have been suspended for standing with farmers and the marginalised,” Sen mentioned.

Roy mentioned the TMC will discover the obtainable choices below the rules to hunt a assessment of the suspension order. “If there are no provisions for a review, we will consider other alternatives,” he mentioned. Asked why TMC’s identify was lacking from the joint assertion towards the suspension issued by 14 opposition events, Roy mentioned, “Neither did they consult us before issuing the statement, nor did we reach out to them.”

During the day, the TMC additionally didn’t attend the assembly of opposition flooring leaders held by the Congress. “So, what if we did not attend the meeting today? If there are common issues, and the intent to fight together, then things may also happen unitedly. No one knows what the future holds,” he mentioned.

Roy demanded that the footage of the Rajya Sabha proceedings that captured the alleged unruly scenes needs to be launched.

“Members have the right to dissent and dissent is the essence of democracy. Our member, Shanta Chhetri, was in the well protesting, she lost consciousness, had to be rushed to the hospital. But she has been expelled. Is this justice and fair play?” Roy requested.

Shanta Chhetri advised The Indian Express, “While we were protesting that day, I felt unwell, became nearly unconscious, and was rushed to RML Hospital. And today, they ended up suspending us without even giving us a chance to keep our version. Even the motion to suspend us was brought without any consultation. This is our punishment for raising the issues that affect the masses, be it farm bills or Pegasus. This is dictatorship.”