Why were protesting Cong members not asked to leave House, asks TMC

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 12:56 IST
TMC leader Sukhendu Shekhar Roy speaks with media at Parliament House after he was asked to leave the Rajya Sabha for a day by the chairman. (PTI Photo)

A day after its leader Sukhendu Sekhar Roy was asked to withdraw from Rajya Sabha, Trinamool Congress walked out of the House on Tuesday and questioned why no action was taken against the 33 Congress members who were named for “gross disorderly conduct” for protesting.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien said rule 255 was invoked by the Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari on Monday to ask Roy to leave the House.

“We have no issue with that,” he said, adding that Roy had not left his seat and was raising an issue from there.

Brien also read Monday’s Rajya Bulletin that named 33 Congress members for “gross disorderly conduct in violation of rules and etiquette of the Rajya Sabha”.

The members “entered the ‘Well’ of the House, shouted slogans and persistently and wilfully obstructed the proceedings of the House”, forcing the Chair to repeatedly adjourn the House, the bulletin said.

The TMC leader sought a ruling from the Chair if action against one member and sparing 33 others “violates Article 14 of the Constitution”.

Article 14 provides for right to equality before law.

Deputy chairman PJ Kurien said the ruling was given by the chairman and he cannot say anything on it. “Ruling of the chairman cannot be questioned, ruling of the Chair cannot be discussed,” he said.

Derek O’Brien said, “We are saddened... and are walking out of Rajya Sabha.”

The 33 members named in the Rajya Sabha bulletin included Madhusudan Mistry, V Hanumantha Rao, Renuka Chowdhury and PL Punia.

Congress members created a din in the House, demanding a discussion on alleged pandering of resources by Gujarat government’s GSPC on its KG basin gas project.

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