Dramatic ouster: TMC MP Mahua Moitra shown the door in Parliament ethics scandal

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In a dramatic turn of events in Indian politics, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra has been expelled from the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, for ‘unethical conduct’ in the notorious ‘cash-for-query’ case. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla announced the expulsion, stating, “MP Mahua Moitra’s conduct was immoral and indecent as an MP… it is not appropriate for her to continue as an MP.”

Quick Action Following Ethics Committee Report

The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee tabled its report recommending Moitra’s expulsion early on Friday, Dec 8. Within hours, the decision to expel the West Bengal MP was executed, sparking controversy and debate within the political sphere.

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TMC’s Protest and Birla’s Precedence

The Trinamool Congress, along with other supporting parties, argued that Moitra was denied the opportunity to defend herself in the house. Birla, explaining his decision, cited precedents set by former speakers, stating that accused members are given a chance to speak before the Committee but not in the House.

Mahua Moitra Expelled from Lok Sabha for 'Unethical Conduct' in Cash-for-Query Case

Mahua Moitra Expelled from Lok Sabha for ‘Unethical Conduct’ in Cash-for-Query Case. Photo courtesy of Tristanvicoaiu/Wikimedia Commons.

Moitra’s Fiery Response to Expulsion

Speaking about her expulsion, Moitra maintained her innocence, claiming there was no tangible evidence against her. She criticized the ethics committee’s actions, accusing it of being used as a weapon against the opposition. Moitra’s remarks reflect her strong opposition to the committee’s findings and the expulsion process.

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Accusations and Committee’s Investigation

Moitra faced accusations from Jai Anant Dehadrai and BJP lawmaker Nishikant Dubey of accepting money and expensive gifts for asking questions in Lok Sabha. Following these accusations, the ethics committee was tasked to investigate the truth behind the allegations. The committee’s 500-page report, adopted by a 6:4 majority, indicated Moitra’s multiple UAE visits and unauthorized use of her parliamentary login.

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Alleged National Security Breach

The committee noted that Moitra not only breached the parliamentary code of ethics but potentially compromised the country’s national security. This aspect of the allegations adds a layer of gravity to the entire episode, raising concerns beyond parliamentary misconduct.

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