New Delhi,UPDATED: Aug 10, 2023 20:28 IST
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was suspended from the Lok-Sabha on Thursday for his alleged ‘unruly behavior’ during the debate on the no-confidence motion.
The Congress leader’s suspension was in response to a resolution moved by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pralhad Joshi, which was accepted in Parliament on Thursday. He will remain suspended until the Privileges Committee submits its report on the matter.
In the resolution, Pralhad Joshi accused Chowdhury of constantly causing disruptions, and demeaning the country and its image during the parliamentary proceedings.
“It has become habitual. Despite getting repeated warnings, he hasn’t improved himself. He always makes baseless charges in his debates. He demeans the country and its image, and never apologises,” Joshi said.
Joshi highlighted that Chowdhury behaved the same when Home Minister Amit Shah was speaking in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Joshi then moved the resolution to refer Adhir’s matter to the Privileges Committee and demanded that the Congress leader be suspended till the committee submits a report. The resolution was accepted by Parliament.
Reacting to his suspension, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he did not mean to disrespect anyone, and is ready to accept any punishment if he has done any injustice.
“I didn’t mean to disrespect the PM. I gave it as an example (Dhritarashtra-Draupadi). I had to (walkout) because even today the PM remained ‘Nirav’ on the issue of Manipur. I thought what is the use of seeing the new ‘Nirav Modi’. PM Modi says the whole country is with him, but then why is he afraid of Congress?” Chowdhury said.
“Whatever punishment is given, I’ll accept it if I’ve done any injustice. I want the country to watch what I said, to watch my attitude. If you think I’ve done injustice, then see the records,” he added.
He further alleged that the BJP is playing majority politics. “See the number of abuses given everyday. Pull out the records. I didn’t say anything wrong. Ask any constitutional expert,” he said.