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TMC calls up Opposition MPs in support of banned Shantanu Sen in Rajya Sabha Pegasus uproar

TMC top whip Sukhendu Sekhar Roy is said to have given the names of Opposition MPs, ranging from the TMC’s arch-rival CPI(M) to the Shiv Sena and senior Congress leaders like as P Chidambaram, who is “ready to depose” as “eye-witnesses” against Puri in a complaint to the House Chairman.

At least a dozen non-TMC Rajya Sabha MPs are believed to have offered to testify against Union Minister Hardeep Puri in support of TMC MP Shantanu Sen, who was suspended from the House for ripping up Union Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw’s Pegasus statement.

Sen and Puri had a heated argument on that day, July 22, following which the TMC MP said that the Union Minister summoned him in a “poor way.”

During the ruckus, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was presiding over the House at the time, said: “Yeh asansadiya parampara kripya hum log na karein… (Please don’t participate in such unparliamentary practices… what democratic process is this)?”

After Sen was suspended the next day, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu called the uproar a “clear assault on our Parliamentary democracy.”

TMC top whip Sukhendu Sekhar Roy is said to have named the names of Opposition MPs in a protest to the House Chairman, ranging from the TMC’s arch-rival CPI(M) to the Shiv Sena and senior Congress politicians.

TMC top whip Sukhendu Sekhar Roy is said to have given the names of Opposition MPs, ranging from the TMC’s arch-rival CPI(M) to the Shiv Sena and senior Congress leaders like as P Chidambaram, who is “ready to depose” as “eye-witnesses” against Puri in a complaint to the House Chairman.

Apart from TMC MPs, they include Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya of the CPI(M), Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena, Balwinder Singh Bhunder of the Akali Dal, Ram Gopal Yadav of the SP, Manoj Jha of the RJD, Tiruchi Siva of the DMK, and several Congress MPs, including Digvijaya Singh and Shaktisinh Gohil of the Congress

The TMC top whip has accused the Union Minister of “abuses” and “heckling” in the complaint, and has demanded a “thorough investigation into the rowdyism.”

“After the MPs were questioned if they observed the events and were willing to attest for the sequence, these names were sent to the Rajya Sabha Chairman,” sources added.

“Unfortunately, the procedures of the House touched a new low with the papers being grabbed from the Minister, ripped into bits, and hurled into the air,” Naidu remarked on July 23. Such measures are blatant violations of our parliamentary democracy. They don’t lavish praise on the world’s largest democracy.”

The TMC believes that including prominent MPs from other parties will lend credibility to its claims, according to insiders. Furthermore, the presence of floor leaders from the SP and DMK on the list, they claimed, shows that the TMC has access to and clout across the Opposition spectrum.

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