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Mahua Moitra's expulsion from Lok Sabha is being planned, but..: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, currently facing recommendations for expulsion from Lok Sabha in a cash-for-query row

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (ANI)Premium
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (ANI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Thursday, asserting that the government at the Centre will last for three more months. Mamata Banerjee further said that Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra's expulsion from Lok Sabha is being planned, but this would help her before elections.

"They (BJP) plan to expel Mahua Moitra. This will make her popular for three months. Whatever she used to say inside (Parliament), she will be saying outside. She will hold press conferences every day and speak outside. What difference will it make?" the Chief Minister said on Thursday while addressing party workers at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.

Mamata asked if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were "idiots" for planning to disqualify Moitra just three months ahead of the General Elections.

"Are they idiots? That too, that they are doing this three months before the election?" she said.

The chief minister said that Mahua's expulsion from Lok Sabha will only help the MP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Mamata's silence on the "Cash for-Query" row and on her party's most fiery speaker in the Lok Sabha was long criticised by her political opponents, especially the BJP.

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, currently facing recommendations for expulsion from Lok Sabha in a cash-for-query row, was tasked with strengthening the party's organisation in West Bengal's Nadia district ahead of the 2024 general elections, in a clear message of support from the TMC.

Lok Sabha Ethics Committee has submitted its draft report recommending the expulsion of TMC MP Mahua Moitra in connection with the 'Cash for Query' case to Speaker Om Birla, sources said on Friday.

This comes a day after the Ethics panel investigating the matter adopted its 500-page report recommending Moitra's expulsion from the 17th Lok Sabha in view of her "highly objectionable, unethical, heinous and criminal conduct". The report was adopted with a 6:4 majority.

According to panel chairman Vinod Sonkar, the members supporting the report included Preneet Kaur, the wife of former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who is now with the BJP.

As per the sources, the draft report on Mahua Moitra's cash-for-questions case reveals that she visited the UAE four times from 2019 to 2023 while her login was accessed several times.

"On 47 occasions, her member portal login credentials were accessed from Dubai," according to the draft report of the ethics committee.

The Ethics Committee had sought details reports from Information Technology (IT) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) regarding IP address and location. The committee had also sought MHA's input on the dangers of sharing login credentials, emphasizing the legal consequences under Section IT ACT 2000.

The draft report is learnt to have suggested that "serious misdemeanours on the part of Mahua Moitra calls for severe punishment".

"The Committee, therefore, recommends that Mahua Moitra, MP may be expelled from the Membership of the Seventeenth Lok Sabha. In view of the highly objectionable, unethical, heinous and criminal conduct of Mahua Moitra, the Committee recommend for an intense, legal, institutional inquiry by the Government of India in a time-bound manner," the report is learnt to have said.

The TMC chief also claimed that India would have won if the World Cup final happened in Kolkata or Mumbai, instead of Ahmedabad. 

"They won all the matches in the World Cup except the one attended by the sinners," she said.

*With Agency Inputs

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Published: 23 Nov 2023, 03:06 PM IST
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