Dinesh Trivedi was allowed to use floor of Rajya Sabha for 'devious political ends,' TMC tells Chairman

Dinesh Trivedi's exit leaves TMC without key face in Delhi, urban Bengal ahead of bitter electoral battle

‘It is a matter of great concern that although there were adequate mechanisms under the rules to restrain the unruly member, they were not adopted’, the party’s chief whip in the House said

File image of Dinesh Trivedi, who recently quit from the TMC. PTI

New Delhi: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday alleged that Dinesh Trivedi, who resigned from Rajya Sabha on Friday, took the “House for a ride” and was “allowed” to use the floor of the House for his “devious political ends”.

In a letter to the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, party’s chief whip in the House Sukhendu Sekhar Ray said the TMC had recommended only two names as speakers for the discussion on Union Budget 2021-22, but Trivedi was not among them.

The TMC’s allotted time on the discussion was exhausted after both the speakers spoke on their designated days, Ray said as he questioned why Trivedi was allowed to speak despite this.

“At about 1.25 pm on 12 February 2021, when the Hon’ble Finance Minister was about to give reply to the Budget discussion, one member of AITC, 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 speaker in the Budget discussion and no time was left for the party,” he said.

“The incident as narrated hereinabove and the manner in which Sri Trivedi grossly misutilised the floor of the House for his devious political ends and also the way he was allowed to have taken the House for a ride is absolutely unprecedented, unwarranted and is devoid of not only decorum and etiquette as envisaged in ‘Rajya Sabha at Work’, but also against all rules, norms and traditions of this august House,” the letter added.

It is a matter of great concern that although there were adequate mechanisms under the rules to restrain the unruly member, they were not adopted, Ray wrote.

“I would urge upon you to immediately constitute an inquiry into the matter and to find out the reasons behind such unprecedented illegality committed,” he added.

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