In a shocking turn of events, Member of Parliament Mahua Moitra has been expelled from the parliamentary proceedings following a series of cash-for-query charges against her. Ms Moitra, 49, was accused of taking bribes, including ₹ 2 crore in cash and “luxury gift items”, from businessman Darshan Hiranandani, in exchange for asking questions critical of the government in Parliament.
The decision to expel Moitra, a prominent member of the Trinamool Congress, came after a session filled with acrimonious exchanges and disruptions. Moitra, known for her impassioned speeches and outspoken nature, reportedly crossed a line during a heated debate on a crucial national issue.
The specific comments that led to her expulsion have not been officially disclosed, but sources within the parliamentary circles suggest that Moitra’s statements were deemed inflammatory and derogatory, violating the decorum of the house. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha took the unprecedented step of expelling Moitra to maintain order and uphold the dignity of parliamentary proceedings.
Moitra’s expulsion has sparked a political firestorm, with both her supporters and critics expressing strong opinions on social media and news outlets. While her supporters argue that she was merely exercising her right to free speech and highlighting important issues, critics argue that her remarks were disrespectful and crossed the boundaries of parliamentary conduct.
The Trinamool Congress, Moitra’s political party, has strongly condemned the expulsion, describing it as an attack on democracy and an attempt to stifle dissenting voices. Party leaders have vowed to challenge the decision and seek redress through legal means.
In response to the controversy, the ruling party defended the decision to expel Moitra, stating that parliamentary proceedings must adhere to a certain standard of decorum, and any breach of that standard cannot be tolerated.