Parliament Winter Session Highlights: Lok Sabha Expels Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra

Parliament winter Session Live: Opposition INDIA bloc leaders questioned the Lok Sabha Ethics Panel recommendation for expelling Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, and accused the BJP-led government of doing "vendetta politics".

Parliament Winter Session Highlights: Lok Sabha Expels Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra

Parliament Winter Session 2023 News LIVE: The session will continue until December 22.

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Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra has been expelled from the Parliament after Ethics Panel's recommendation over cash-for-query row. Opposition INDIA bloc leaders questioned the Lok Sabha Ethics Panel recommendation for expelling Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, and accused the BJP-led government of doing "vendetta politics".

The report was tabled in the Lok Sabha today amid an uproar by opposition MPs who questioned the procedure followed by the panel and demanded a discussion on the report. The Ethics Committee, which investigated the allegations made by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, adopted its 500-page report on November 9 recommending Ms Moitra's expulsion from the 17th Lok Sabha in view of her "highly objectionable, unethical, heinous and criminal conduct."

The draft report was adopted by a 6:4 majority in the panel last month. The report on Ms 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. Six members of the panel voted in favour of the report, including Congress MP Preneet Kaur who had earlier been suspended from the party. Four members of the panel belonging to opposition parties submitted dissent notes.

Here are the Highlights on Winter Session of Parliament:

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Dec 08, 2023 17:00 (IST)
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Dec 08, 2023 16:17 (IST)
Mahua Moitra Expelled: A Timeline Of "Cash-For-Query" Case So Far
Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra was expelled from Lok Sabha today following an Ethics Committee report held her guilty of taking bribes in exchange for criticising the government.
Dec 08, 2023 15:42 (IST)
Mahua Moitra News Live: Ethics Panel Broke Every Rule, Mahua Moitra Protests With Opposition MPs

"Ironically, the ethics committee which was set up to serve as a moral compass for members, instead has been abused today to do exactly what it was never meant to do - which is to bulldoze the Opposition and become another weapon to thok do us into submission. This committee and the report have broken every rule in the book," the visibly furious Trinamool Congress MP, flanked by Opposition MPs, told reporters on the steps outside parliament.

Dec 08, 2023 15:41 (IST)
Mahua Moitra News Live: Ethics Panel Broke Every Rule, Mahua Moitra Protests With Opposition MPs
"... The Lok Sabha has presided over the most tenacious witch-hunt of one of the 78 MPs, a first-timer, a single woman, with no political lineage... This Lok Sabha has also seen the weaponisation of a parliamentary committee," Mahua Moitra said.
Dec 08, 2023 15:38 (IST)
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Dec 08, 2023 15:20 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Opposition stages walkout after Lok Sabha adopts motion to expel Mahua Moitra as TMC MP

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Dec 08, 2023 15:17 (IST)
Parliament Winter Session Live:
Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned for the day

Dec 08, 2023 15:10 (IST)
Just In| Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra expelled from parliament on ethics panel's recommendation over cash-for-query row
Dec 08, 2023 15:06 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi moves the motion in the Cash for Query case
Dec 08, 2023 15:01 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
As Opposition MPs demand that Mahua Moitra be allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla explains that why it cannot be done.

He says, "I have a copy of the traditions that were followed earlier. Former Speakers Somnath Chatterjee and Pranab Mukherjee were here earlier...The rules and traditions that they gave are considered our rules. Somnath Chatterjee had said that the Members against whom there are accusations are given ample time to speak before the Committee...This House has the tradition that the traditions followed by the previous Speakers are always further followed by the next Speakers..."

Dec 08, 2023 14:52 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Lok Sabha speaker disallows Mahua Moitra from speaking in House on Ethics Committee recommendation, says she got opportunity at panel meet.

He says, "You are saying that there is no justice, but we know there are committees. We are discussing the committee report and we discuss".
Dec 08, 2023 14:43 (IST)
Mahua Moitra News Live:
Trinamool Congress' Kalyan Banerjee on Mahua Moitra issue

The right of cross-examination is meaningful. Mahua Moitra has a right to cross-examine. This is a violation of principles of natural justice. Principles of natural justice are implicit in Article 14 of the Constitution.

House does not have power to remove Mahua Moitra as member
Dec 08, 2023 14:41 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Trinamool Congress MP Sudeep Bandopadhyay on Mahua Moitra issue

What I propose - my party's spokesperson will be Mahua Moitra herself because allegation is against her. Wild allegations have been raised. Whether it is true or wrong, let it be spoken by her
Dec 08, 2023 14:36 (IST)
Mahua Moitra Live Updates: Winter Session of Parliament Update
BJP MP Hina Gavit on Mahua Moitra issue
  • During UPA govt in 2005, a report was presented and 10 Lok Sabha members were expelled on same day
  • This is not a question of Treasury versus Opposition. This is about the dignity of the House
  • How are you talking about natural justice while breaking rules yourself
  • Mahua Moitra was asked questions by ethics panel on basis of affidavit, no 'cheer haran' was done by asking personal questions
Dec 08, 2023 14:35 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Congress MP Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha on Mahua Moitra issue:

As Adhir Ranjan said, heavens would not have fallen had we given 3-4 days to take cognisance of this report and then keep our opinions before the House because it is going to make a decision on a very sensitive matter...Can the procedure of the Ethics Committee override the fundamental principle of natural justice which is the organising principle of every justice system in the world? From what we read in the newspaper, the one who has been made an accused - she was not able to complete her deposition. What kind of procedure is this?

We are convening not merely as parliamentarians but as a jury.

I have carefully read Rule 316(d) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business. It says that the recommendations of the Committee shall be presented in the form of a report...Ethics Committee can recommend if a person is guilty or innocent but it can't recommend their punishment. That power lies with this House. The Ethics Committee, at best, can make a recommendation that whether a person is guilty or innocent. It is this House sitting as jury which has the powers to decide the quantum of punishment. So, the recommendation of the Ethics Committee is fundamentally flawed in my respectful submission


Dec 08, 2023 14:21 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Mahua Moitra issue

  • At least 4 days should be given to study LS Ethics Committee's 495-page report on Mahua Moitra issue
  • Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra should be given opportunity to express her views on Lok Sabha Ethics Committee report
Dec 08, 2023 14:21 (IST)
Mahua Moitra Live News Updates :Winter Session of Parliament Update
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Mahua Moitra issue

If some strict decisions have to be taken, they have to be taken to uphold dignity of House
Dec 08, 2023 14:10 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update

Opposition members say they have not received copies of Ethics Committee report on 'cash-for-query' complaint against Mahua Moitra
Dec 08, 2023 14:10 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi moves motion in Lok Sabha for discussion on panel report seeking expulsion of TMC member Mahua Moitra
Dec 08, 2023 13:08 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update: Ethics panel report on Mahua Moitra's expulsion tabled in Lok Sabha
The Lok Sabha's Ethics Committee on Friday submitted its report in the lower house recommending the expulsion of Trinamool Congress member Mahua Moitra over the "cash-for-query" allegation.

Ethics Committee Chairman Vinod Kumar Sonkar tabled the panel's first report when the House re-convened at noon after an adjournment during the Question Hour.

Trinamool Congress members and some from the Congress trooped in the Well of the House raising slogans demanding a copy of the report.

Trinamool Congress member Kalyan Banerjee demanded a discussion on the report before its recommendations are put to vote, which would lead to the expulsion of Moitra from the House.

Amid uproar, BJP member Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the chair, adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm.
Dec 08, 2023 12:10 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid ruckus in the House soon after the Ethics Committee report on TMC MP Mahua Moitra was tabled.

Dec 08, 2023 12:10 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Lok Sabha panel report recommending expulsion of Trinamool Congress member Mahua Moitra presented in lower House

Dec 08, 2023 12:09 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Ethics Committee report on TMC MP Mahua Moitra tabled in Lok Sabha today by BJP's Vijay Sonkar.
Dec 08, 2023 11:23 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon amid uproar over listing of ethics panel report on Mahua Moitra
Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon as opposition MPs created an uproar over the listing of the ethics panel report on Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra.

As soon as Speaker Om Birla started the Question Hour, Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury mentioned the report recommending the expulsion of Ms Moitra in a "cash-for-query" case.

Speaker Birla said the matter is listed, and he will give time to the MPs to speak when the business is taken up. "The matter has not been taken up yet... Question Hour is your time, you can ask questions," he said.

"This is not as per the rules of procedure. It is there in the list of business, when it is taken up I will provide you enough time to speak," Mr Birla said.

As the din continued, the speaker adjourned the House till 12 noon
Dec 08, 2023 11:17 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon amid uproar over listing of ethics panel report on TMC MP Mahua Moitra
Dec 08, 2023 10:56 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
TMC MP Mahua Moitra says, "Maa Durga aa gayi hai, ab dekhenge...Jab naash manuj par chhata hai, pehle vivek mar jaata hai. They have started 'vastraharan' and now you will watch 'Mahabharat ka rann'."

Ethics Panel report on her to be tabled in Lok Sabha today.

Dec 08, 2023 10:15 (IST)
Mahua Moitra Report In Parliament Today, May Be Expelled From Lok Sabha
  • An Ethics Committee report on cash-for-query allegations against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra is expected in the Lok Sabha today. 
  • If tabled, the report, which recommends Ms Moitra be expelled, will trigger an explosive stand-off between the ruling BJP and the opposition, which has demanded a division of votes to determine the Trinamool leader's immediate political future.
  • Mahua Moitra, who can only be expelled if the House votes in favour of the Ethics Committee's report, which declared it found her actions "highly objectionable, unethical, heinous and criminal".
  • The BJP, though, is believed to be well-prepped and a three-line whip (the strictest possible) was issued to its MPs; this means they are expected to be present and vote in line with the party's position.
  • The report was to have been tabled on Monday, the opening day of this session of Parliament, which concludes on December 22.

Dec 08, 2023 10:12 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
On Ethics Panel report on TMC MP Mahua Moitra to be tabled in Lok Sabha today, Congress Lok Sabha Chief Whip K Suresh says, "Today, Ethics Committee report is being tabled. It is already included in the List of Business in Lok Sabha. Let us see what report are they going to table in the House. If the report states expulsion of TMC MP Mahua Moitra, we will oppose it tooth and nail..."
Dec 08, 2023 10:11 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment motion notice to discuss the condition of Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu and seeking directions to the Central Government for immediate action to release a minimum of Rs 5100 crore to facilitate comprehensive and effective relief efforts.

Dec 08, 2023 10:11 (IST)
Parliament Winter Session Update
Congress MP Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha and demands discussion on the death penalty to 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel in Qatar.
Dec 08, 2023 10:11 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha, to discuss the air quality crisis in Delhi.
Dec 08, 2023 10:10 (IST)
Winter Session of Parliament Update

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Dec 08, 2023 10:09 (IST)
Parliament Winter Session Update
 MP Ram Chander Jangra and Congress MP Jebi Mather Hisam to lay on the table, a copy (in English and Hindi) of the twentieth report on action taken by the government on the recommendations and observations contained in the seventeenth report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs (2022-23) on 'Evaluation of Implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)'.
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