New Delhi: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra has lashed out at Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for not allowing any opposition MP to speak in Parliament.
Birla has been accused of not allowing any MP of the opposition to speak in Parliament. Alleging that democracy is under “assault” under the present dispensation, Moitra said the Speaker is “leading” it from the front.
In a tweet late on Wednesday night, Moitra wrote, ‘In the last 3 days, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla allowed only BJP ministers to speak and then adjourned the Parliament, he did not allow any opposition member to speak. Democracy is under attack and the Speaker is leading from the front. I am ready to go to jail for this tweet.
Last 3 days saw speaker @ombirlakota allow ONLY BJP ministers to speak on mike & then adjourn parliament with not a single opposition member being allowed to speak.
Democracy IS under attack. And the speaker leads from the front. And I am willing to go to jail for this tweet.
Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) March 15, 2023
According to a report published in The Indian Express, his tweets echoed Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s letter to Om Birla, in which he made similar allegations regarding the proceedings of the Parliament in the last three days.
The BJP government continued to corner the Congress in Parliament on Wednesday. Demanded Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to apologize for his recent remarks in London. On the other hand, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary had complained in his letter to the Speaker that his microphone (mike) has been muted (closed) for the last three days.
Chowdhary said he is writing the letter with a “heavy heart and a deep sense of anguish” about the “government-sponsored disruption in the House”.
He said, ‘I am very disappointed to see that ever since the House resumed after its adjournment on March 13, 2023, government-sponsored disruptions have been created in the House. It appears to me that this is a well-planned conspiracy by the ruling party to tarnish the image of a member of the opposition party (Rahul Gandhi).
Chaudhary further said, ‘It is more disturbing for me to see this. Even the ministers themselves take vocal initiative to disrupt the proceedings. The voices of the leaders of the opposition parties are not being heard.
The Congress then drew Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s attention to his ‘closed’ mike and said that Rahul Gandhi’s statements on the matter were ‘authenticated’.
It may be known that during his visit to London, Rahul Gandhi had said in a discussion with the British MPs that the mikes of the opposition MPs are often switched off in the Lok Sabha.
He had said, ‘(in Parliament) our mikes don’t get damaged, they are working, but you still can’t turn them on. This happened many times while I was speaking.
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