Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury suspended from Lok Sabha for “repeated misconduct.” Suspension follows controversial comments during a no-confidence motion debate. Chowdhury clarifies intention, resolution details explained.
In a recent development, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has been suspended from Lok Sabha due to “repeated misconduct.” The suspension comes amidst an ongoing investigation by the privileges committee.
Resolution for Suspension Moved
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi initiated a resolution to suspend Chowdhury, citing disruptions during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches and ongoing debates. The resolution received approval through a voice vote.
Controversy Over Remarks
The decision to suspend Chowdhury followed controversial comments he made about the Prime Minister during a no-confidence motion debate. These remarks sparked outrage among members from the treasury benches.
This suspension marks a rare instance where the leader of the principal opposition party has been suspended from Lok Sabha.
Chowdhury later clarified that he did not intend to insult PM Modi with his comments. He mentioned that his statement regarding Modi’s silence on the Manipur issue was misunderstood.
Resolution Details and Process
Chowdhury himself introduced a resolution that outlines his suspension and the reasons behind it. The resolution also states that the matter will be referred to the Committee of Privileges for further investigation. The suspension will remain in effect until the committee submits its report.
Opposition’s Earlier Walkout
During the debate on the no-confidence motion, the opposition had left the House as they felt the Prime Minister’s speech lacked references to Manipur in the initial 90 minutes.
Speaker Om Birla noted that Chowdhury’s conduct, along with BJP MP Virendra Singh’s behavior, did not uphold the House’s dignity. Singh later apologized to the chair for his actions.
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