The suspension drew the sharpest reactions from Trinamool national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, who posted on Twitter: “The crackdown on our MPs clearly indicates that @BJP4India’s 56-inch GODFATHER has CONCEDED DEFEAT! YOU CAN SUSPEND US BUT YOU CANNOT SILENCE US! We will not budge an inch to fight for our people & to fight for the truth. Until the last drop of our blood – BRING IT ON!” He also attached a photo of the RS chairman’s order with the tweet.
The crackdown on our MPs clearly indicates that @BJP4India’s 56-inch GODFATHER has CONCEDED DEFEAT! YOU CAN SUSPE… https://t.co/dwC14lXEuT
— Abhishek Banerjee (@abhishekaitc) 1628068407000
Six party MPs — Dola Sen, Md Nadimul Haque, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Shanta Chhetri, Arpita Ghosh and Mausam Noor — were suspended for the day after they trooped into the well of the House, some holding placards, to demand a discussion on the Pegasus issue.
The RS chairman took exception to the placards. He invoked Rule 255 and asked the MPs who entered the well to leave the House for the day. Dola Sen later tweeted: “After (the) House was adjourned for the day, 4 of us 6 Trinamool MPs who were suspended for the day, tried to enter Rajya Sabha. We were prevented from doing so. Our suspension was over once the House was adjourned for the day. Why were we stopped? Democracy hits new low #Parliament.”
In the Lok Sabha, Bandyopadhyay, Trinamool’s leader in the House, gave adjournment motion notice to discuss the ‘Pegasus Project’ media report. Several Congress MPs too gave similar notices to discuss the Pegasus issue.
Even as Parliament was adjourned for the day, a Trinamool delegation comprising MPs Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Shanta Chhetri and Mausam Noor visited the family of the rape victim in Nangal village of Delhi Cantonment area. They spoke to the victim’s family. Both Ghosh Dastidar and Mausam were unavailable for comments.