MP membership of Trinamool MP Mahua Maitra rejected

Arafat Rahman

Trinamool MP Mahua Maitra

Trinamool MP Mahua Maitra’s MP membership has been rejected for allegedly asking questions in Parliament on behalf of a businessman in return for money and expensive gifts. His MP membership was revoked on Friday following a voice vote conducted on the recommendation of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha of India’s Parliament.

The recently retired MP was MP from Krishnanagar constituency in Nadia district of West Bengal. Mahua Maitra, 49, was accused of asking questions and speaking in Parliament on behalf of businessman Darshan Hiranandani in return for Rs 2 crore and various expensive gifts. In the middle of last October, this complaint was brought by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey of Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla ordered the Ethics Committee of the Parliament to investigate the matter after taking Nishakanta’s complaint into account. After nearly two months of investigation, Ethics Committee Chairman and BJP MP Vinod Sonkar submitted a 495-page report to the Speaker on Friday. The report found the allegations leveled against Mahua to be true and the ethics committee recommended the dismissal of his MP membership.

After the submission of the report, Congress, Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties sought time to read the report, but Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla did not act on it. Mahua Maitra sought time to defend herself, but the speaker did not grant it.

Instead of giving time, Speaker Om Birla called for a vote on the question of whether or not Mahua will be a member of Parliament. Mahua’s membership was rejected by the votes of MPs from the BJP and other like-minded parties in Parliament.

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