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Mahua Moitra expelled from Lok Sabha in cash-for-query case, says she's 49 years old, will fight

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra was expelled from Lok Sabha after discussions on the ethics panel report in the Lower House. Lashing out at the Centre, Moitra said that this is the beginning of the end of the BJP.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: December 09, 2023 6:08 IST
Mahua Moitra, TMC, Lok Sabha membership expelled, Parliament
Image Source : PTI TMC MP Mahua Moitra with other opposition leaders after being expelled by the Lok Sabha during the Winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mahua Moitra has been expelled from Lok Sabha in the cash-for-query case after the ethics panel submitted its report recommending her expulsion. She was expelled after a discussion by the members of the Lower House on the panel's report. The committee's report has also recommended an intense, legal investigation in the matter by the Government of India.

During the debate, Opposition members including Congress leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Manish Tewari among others urged the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla that Mahua Moitra shall be given an opportunity to present her views on the matter. However, the TMC MP was not allowed to speak.

Soon after her expulsion, Mahua Moitra hit out at the Modi government saying, "I am 49 years old, I will fight you for the next 30 years inside Parliament, outside Parliament." She further said that this is the beginning of the end of the BJP.

"...If this Modi government thought that by shutting me up they could do away with the Adani issue, let me tell you this that this kangaroo court has only shown to all of India that the haste and the abuse of due process you have used demonstrates how important Adani is to you. And to what length you will go to harass a single woman MP into shutting her into submission...," Moitra said.

"Ethics panel punishing me for practice that is routine, accepted and encouraged in Lok Sabha. In essence I have been found guilty of breaching code of ethics that does not exist," Moitra mentioned.

'Lok Sabha ethics panel, its report broken every rule in the book. It's a weapon to force us into submission. The panel findings are solely based on written testimonies of two persons whose versions contradict each other in material terms, Moitra alleged.

Earlier, Opposition members walked out of Lok Sabha amid voting in the House to expel Mahua Moitra for 'unethical conduct'.

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