Congress RS MP Rajani Patil suspended for recording House proceedings

Congress MP Rajani Patil has been suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remaining period of the ongoing Budget session for recording proceedings inside the House.

| Updated: 10 February, 2023 6:59 pm IST
Congress MP Rajani Patil speaking to reporters at parliament on Friday. (TNI photo)

Congress MP Rajani Patil has been suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remaining period of the ongoing Budget session for recording proceedings inside the House.

In the video, several members of the Opposition parties were seen protesting and raising slogans with the demand for the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the Adani Group in the aftermath of the accusations of stock manipulation made by the US-based investment research firm Hindenburg.

Patil was suspended for recording Opposition MPs’ protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to the Motion of Thanks on Thursday.  Calling it an “unwholesome activity”, the Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar has taken a “serious view” on the matter.

“In public domain on Thursday, on Twitter, there was a dissemination of a video relating to proceedings of this House…Rajani Ashokrao Patil engaged in this unwholesome activity and what has been seen is a matter that must engage our attention,” Dhakhar said.

PM Modi did not address the matter at all in his Parliamentary speeches over the last two days, complained the Opposition. On Thursday, members of the Opposition heckled the Prime Minister throughout the duration of his 90 minutes speech in which he launched a scathing attack on the Congress for the scams during its, arbitrary use of Article 356 during its tenure, and not appreciating the hard work of the scientists who developed Covid vaccine, while allegedly lobbying for foreign pharma companies.

The Government and members of the Opposition have been locked in a war of words over allegations of stock manipulation and accounting fraud against Adani Group and the demand for a probe into the financial dealings of Adani Group by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

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