NEW DELHI, July 23:
TMC MP Santanu Sen was suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remaining period of the monsoon session today after a motion moved by the Government was passed by the House.
Soon after the obituary references and laying of papers, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan moved a motion for Sen’s suspension after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) member snatched papers from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and tore those in the House on Thursday.
The motion was passed by a voice vote and Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked Sen to leave the House.
“The motion is approved…Dr Santanu Sen stands suspended for the remaining part of the session,” the chairman announced soon after the motion was passed.
“Santanu Sen, you have to withdraw from the House,” he said.
Earlier, while moving the motion, Muraleedharan said, “I move that Dr Santanu Sen, AITC, be suspended from the services of the house for the remaining part of the current session for his unruly behaviour, unbecoming of a member of the Rajya Sabha yesterday July 22, 2021, by snatching the copy of the statement from the Minister of Railways, Minister of Communications and Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, tearing and throwing it towards the chair, thereby bringing disrepute to this august house.”
The TMC members protested with Sukhendu Sekhar Ray raising objection to the manner in which the motion was brought without listing it in the day’s business.
“The motion is not part of the list of the business. We did not have any opportunity to react on that. We were quite unaware on whether the Government is moving such a motion. It was not included in the list,” he said.
Other TMC MPs raised the issue of Sen being allegedly threatened by a Minister, but the chairman said it happened after the House was adjourned.
“What is happening in the House in the presence of the chair that is taken note by me. Subsequently what has happened, it has not been brought to my notice,” Naidu said when TMC’s Derek O’Brien sought to raise the issue.
As the TMC members created an uproar and others also joined them seeking a discussion on the Pegasus snooping row, the chairman adjourned the House till 12 noon.
Sen had snatched papers from Vaishnaw in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, tore and flung those at the chair, as the Pegasus snooping row turned ugly. The TMC MP later accused Union Minister Hardeep Puri of verbally threatening and abusing him inside the House after it was adjourned. (PTI)
NEW DELHI, July 23: