In Parliament, Trinamool Congress’ suspended MP Kalyan Banerjee faced criticism from Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday for mimicking him during a protest on the Parliament premises. Dhankhar described the mimicry as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘unacceptable.’ The incident occurred as Kalyan Banerjee, along with other suspended MPs, protested at Parliament’s Makar Dwar. During the protest, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was observed recording the Trinamool MP with his phone.
Upon the resumption of the House at noon, Dhankhar addressed the incident, emphasizing the distinction between the offices of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, and the Speaker. He expressed disapproval of a senior leader video recording a member of another party, especially mimicking the Chairman or Speaker. Dhankhar deemed such actions as ridiculous, shameful, and unacceptable, leading to the adjournment of the House until 2 pm.
तृणमूल कांग्रेस के सांसद कल्याण बनर्जी को संसद भवन परिसर में राज्यसभा के सभापति जगदीप धनकड़ का मज़ाक बनाते रहे और सभी माननीय सांसद इस दृश्य को फिल्माते रहे!
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Simultaneously, suspended MPs from the INDIA bloc parties staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue on Parliament premises earlier in the day. The suspended lawmakers, joined by Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi, raised slogans against the Centre. The protest at Parliament’s Makar Dwar was part of the ongoing demonstrations following the suspension of 78 opposition MPs, spanning both houses, for the remainder of the ‘Winter Session.’ The suspensions were a response to the chaos and disruption caused by the MPs, who demanded a statement from Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the Parliament security breach incident.
These suspensions, coupled with the earlier removal of 13 members, marked the largest such action in the history of the Indian Parliament. A total of 78 MPs—33 from Lok Sabha and 45 from Rajya Sabha—faced suspension on Monday. Among them, 34 opposition Rajya Sabha MPs, including Congress’ Jairam Ramesh, KC Venugopal, and Randeep Singh Surjewala, were suspended for the rest of the ‘Winter Session.’ Additionally, the ‘misconduct’ of 11 others was referred to the Privileges Committee, tasked with providing a report within three months. The suspended members will remain so until the committee submits its report, with ‘misconduct’ and failure to adhere to the Chair’s directions cited as the reasons for their suspension for the remainder of the Winter Session.