Updated: February 15, 2021 3:27:20 am
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday demanded an investigation into how its former Rajya Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi was allowed to speak in the Upper House during a Budget discussion on Friday despite the party not recommending his name. Trivedi resigned from the Rajya Sabha on the floor of the House during the discussion.
The TMC alleged that Trivedi took the “House for a ride” and was “allowed” to use the floor of the House for his “devious political ends”. The Mamata Banerjee-led party claimed Trivedi spoke on its behalf, consuming the time allotted to it.
The complaint and the demand for an investigation were mentioned in a letter that the TMC’s Rajya Sabha chief whip Sukhendu Shekhar Roy wrote to the Rajya Sabha chairman on Saturday. “When the Hon’ble Finance Minister was about to give reply to Budget discussion, one member of AITC (All India Trinamool Congress) Sri Dinesh Trivedi, since resigned, was allowed to speak for about four minutes from 1.25 pm to 1.29 pm. Although his name was not recommended by the AITC as a speaker in the budget discussion and no time left for the party,” Roy said.
He added, “Sri Trivedi’s seat was allotted in the Rajya Sabha Gallery, but he came down inside the council chamber and started to speak, rambling about his personal political motives etc from a seat of his choice and the chair did not take any action to stop such unauthorised intervention in the Budget discussion. Yet he spoke against the party he belonged to and made certain wild allegations against the AITC to substantiate his proposed resignation from the House.”He appealed the chairman “to immediately constitute an inquiry into the matter and to find out the reason behind such unprecedented illegality committed through the deplorable action or inaction, as stated and/or any connivance or conspiracy that worked behind the scene to malign the AITC and for taking reasonable discussions at your end in the matter at the earliest”.
When contacted, a senior Rajya Sabha secretariat official said Trivedi “did not speak as a TMC member or was given time as a TMC member.” As for other issues being raised in the letter, the official said the letter is being examined by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.
Trivedi quit the Rajya Sabha, where he was sent last year following his failure to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election, saying he feels “suffocated” in the TMC. The former railway minister and two-time Lok Sabha rued the alleged lack of conversation around violence in West Bengal.
Taking a veiled dig at his former party colleague, TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee on Sunday said, “How come [Trivedi] stayed so long if [he] was feeling suffocated? Even swimmers also fail to do so.”
The state education minister added, “He has chosen to resign on the floor of the Rajya Sabha. Whether it is a correct process or not, the party functionaries of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) have taken up the issue and they will see if it is. If it is not done as per the law, we will say it was not done in accordance with the law.”
With PTI inputs
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