Lok Sabha privileges panel discusses suspension of Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Future steps to be taken on constitutional basis.
Discussion on Suspension and Future Steps
The Lok Sabha’s privileges committee held a meeting to deliberate on the suspension of Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. Further proceedings are expected to involve Chowdhury’s participation and a decision based on constitutional provisions.
Significance of Decision
As the leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha and the chairperson of parliament’s public accounts committee (PAC), the swift resolution of Chowdhury’s suspension was deemed necessary by committee members. Adhering to established principles and constitutional norms was highlighted.
Next Meeting and Potential Reversal
Under the chairmanship of BJP MP Sunil Singh, the committee plans to set a date for the upcoming meeting. During this meeting, the panel is likely to hear Chowdhury’s perspective and potentially appeal to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla for the suspension’s revocation.
The meeting was attended by members from various parties, including Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Raju Bista, and Dilip Ghosh from the BJP; TR Baalu from the DMK; Kalyan Banerjee from the Trinamool Congress; and K Suresh from the Congress.
Background and Controversy
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s suspension stemmed from his behavior during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to a no-confidence motion. The Congress leader’s comments led to demands for action from the speaker and calls for an apology. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi moved a motion to investigate Chowdhury’s conduct.
Chowdhury’s suspension has prompted opposition leaders to express dissent, labeling it as arbitrary and contested within the context of parliamentary proceedings.