The Parliament Winter Session 2023 started with a bang. On the first day of the session, the Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha. There were allegations against her that she was involved in the case of ‘cash for query’. Surprisingly, she was not allowed to defend herself. The ethics committee presented its report to the speaker.
Mahua Moitra, who was not allowed to speak during the discussion inside the House, the Trinamool leader read out her statement outside the Lok Sabha. She said that the Ethics committee broke every rule.
Speaker Om Birla said, “…This House accepts the conclusions of the Committee that MP Mahua Moitra’s conduct was immoral and indecent as an MP. So, it is not appropriate for her to continue as an MP…” The Ethics Committee report probing ‘Unethical Conduct’ of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP had recommended that Moitra “may be expelled” from the Lok Sabha and called for an “intense, legal, institutional inquiry” by the central government in a “time-bound manner”.
“The serious misdemeanours on the part of Mahua Moitra calls for severe punishment. The Committee, therefore, recommend that Mahua Moitra, MP may be expelled from the Membership of the Seventeenth Lok Sabha,” the report read.
Following the expulsion of MP Mahua Moitra, the opposition staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha. The house was then adjourned till December 11.
Earlier, Mahua Moitra, who was not allowed to speak during the discussion inside the House, the Trinamool leader read out her statement outside the Lok Sabha. She said that the Ethics committee broke every rule.
Soon after the expulsion, the West Bengal chief Minister Ms. Mamata Benerjee broke her silence and said that they opposed the expulsion and would fight politically.
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