New Delhi: Trinamool Congress on Tuesday came
under attack from the Opposition which demanded an apology
from its leader Sudip Bandopadhyay for shouting at a CPI(M) MP
while the Left party sought an explanation on reports about an
alleged arms deal involving minister Shishir Adhikari.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for over three hours when
the entire opposition demanded an apology from the Trinamool
Chief Whip for "hurling expletives" at Basudeb Acharia during
a discussion on the Mumbai suburban railway motormen`s strike.
The CPI(M) also moved a substantive motion in Rajya
Sabha to demand explanation from Trinamool Minister Adhikari
about his reported statement to the media that he had sent
money for supply of weapons through a Bangladeshi arms dealer.
"I have met Leader of Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee and
Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal and told them that
Bandopadhyay`s behaviour is completely condemnable and
unacceptable. The way he threatened and moved menacingly
towards Acharia is unbecoming of a member," CPI(M) leader
Sitaram Yechury told a press conference here.
"It is not just a question of Acharia, but a matter
involving the dignity of the House. The member, who shouted at
Acharia and hurled expletives against him in the House, must
apologise as the entire Opposition has demanded," he said.
It is for the Congress and the government to decide as
to "the kind of allies they have. They have to decide whether
they would condone such behaviour", Yechury said.
Acharia said he had been in the House for 30 years but
"never seen seen such behaviour. In fact, I never expected
such a behaviour when Bandopadhyay moved forward menacingly."
He said he had just wanted to know from the government
whether it was going to withdraw invocation of Essential
Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the striking motormen
when Bandopadhyay shouted at him.
Observing that TC members "have always been shouting
and coming forward when I raise some issue in the House",
Acharia said when Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee was absent,
"Bandopadhyay spoke as if he is a Minister. It is for the
government to say why Banerjee was absent".
Referring to Adhikari, Yechury said CPI(M)`s Rajya
Sabha MP Moinul Hassan has moved a motion seeking the
Minister`s explanation about his reported statement.
"It is (MoS) Shishir Adhikari`s own admission to the
media that he paid Rs 1.20 lakh to buy arms from across the
border -- Bangladesh," he said referring to the reports.
"This is a very serious matter. Adhikari has violated
the constitutional oath he took to become a Minister to
safeguard the country`s unity and integrity. We have moved a
motion under Rule 238A in accordance with the directive of the
Chair", Yechury said. The rule relates to procedure regarding
allegations against MPs, including Ministers.