The BJP’s two West Bengal lawmakers – Sudip Mukhopadhyay and Mihir Goswami – were suspended for the remainder of the budget session on Wednesday for creating unrest in the House during Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s March 7 inaugural speech.
After Question Time, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee tabled a motion calling for the two MPs to be suspended for the remainder of the budget session.
Chatterjee alleged that Natabari MP Goswami and Purulia MP Mukhopadhyay on March 7 shouted slogans, waved signs and caused disturbances during the governor’s speech in the House.
After Chatterjee moved the motion, President Biman Banerjee put the motion to a vote, and it was passed by voice vote.
Great drama was witnessed in the State Assembly on the first day of the budget session when the governor entered the chamber to deliver the inaugural address on Monday. BJP MPs led by opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari had waved slogans, demanding mention of “violence and rigging” in the recently concluded civic body elections in the governor’s inaugural speech.
As the chaos continued and the governor was about to leave the House, ruling party MPs began asking him to read his speech. The Trinamool then accused BJP MPs of disrupting House.
As two MPs were suspended, other BJP members marched towards the well, demanding that it be removed. When Suvendu Adhikari asked for the suspension to be revoked, threatening agitation, the President ordered him to submit a written request to that effect.
Loud scenes were seen even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began delivering her response to the governor’s inaugural address as BJP MPs chanted “Jai Shri Ram” and “Narendra Modi Zindabad”. “They don’t want to work for the people. This is why they disrupt the Chamber,” Mamata said criticizing them.
Later, at a press conference, Adhikari said, “We will not boycott the assembly. We will attend the Assembly, but our protest against the suspension of our senior MPs will continue until the President revokes it.