Trinamool Congress, which disrupted Parliament proceedings over a Union minister’s provocative speech, is now shielding its own MP’s abusive remarks as the BJP has turned the tables on the regional powerhouse.
BJP has threatened to move a formal motion against Trinamool’s Lok Sabha chief whip Kalyan Banerjee if he doesn’t apologize for his abusive comments recently made at a political rally.
The allegations against Banerjee, who has already earned a name for being abusive in Parliament, is that he commented about BJP’s West Bengal in-charge Siddharth Nath Singh’s family background and also threatened physical assault on PM Narendra Modi.
The Left, which had earlier joined the chorus for censuring Jyoti, offered “in-principal” support for action against Kalyan Banerjee and also sought action against another TMC leader Tapas Paul’s abusive statements.
“Let them bring it (censure motion), then I will see to this. Because any speech made outside the House... one is not delivering a speech as a Member of Parliament,” Banerjee said.
Ironically, Niranjan Jyoti too, had delivered her controversial speech at a rally in Delhi which later saw a unified Opposition demanding her resignation.
But on Tuesday, just a day after the row over Jyoti was settled, when parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu raised Banerjee’s issue on the floor of the House without taking any name, Trinamool MP Saugata Roy opposed any move to criticise Banerjee citing that he had “not said anything inside the House.”
Senior BJP MP SS Ahluwalia pointed out that he, too, had come under abusive attack from Banerjee.
While welcoming the demand to censure Banerjee, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, added that the BJP’s stand reflects a “double standard” as it wants action against Banerjee but didn’t allow a censure motion against Jyoti.