New Delhi: Opposition leaders of the INDIA bloc raised concerns on Friday over the Lok Sabha Ethics Panel’s recommendation to expel Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra. They accused the BJP-led government of engaging in “vendetta politics” as the report was presented in the Lok Sabha amid protests from opposition MPs.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, termed it a “black day” and criticized the procedure followed by the ethics panel. BSP MP Danish Ali, a panel member, labelled the report incomplete, citing a walkout during Moitra’s deposition, alleging inappropriate questions.
Communist Party of India’s Rajya Sabha MP, Binoy Viswam, denounced it as political vendetta, targeting a government critic. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor deemed the report inadequate, lacking cross-examination and a fair chance for Moitra to defend herself.
Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi highlighted flaws in the affidavit and criticized the character assassination during questioning. Congress MP Karti Chidambaram mocked the BJP’s actions, predicting potential electoral repercussions in 2024.
The controversy revolves around allegations that Moitra received payments to raise questions about the Adani Group in Parliament. The committee’s November 9 meeting resulted in a recommendation for Moitra’s expulsion, with six members voting in favour and four submitting dissent notes.