TMC bribery sting: Lok Sabha speaker orders probe

Both Houses of Parliament witnessed heated exchanges between Left and Trinamool members.

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, Wednesday, referred the issue of alleged bribery involving Trinamool Congress MPs to Ethics Committee of the Parliamant for investigation and report.

Mahajan took the decision in view of the protests by BJP, Congress and Left MPs in both houses of the Parliament demanding action against the erring members Mamata Banerjee-led party. The issue relates to a sting video purportedly showing several TMC leaders accepting money to help a fictitious private firm.

Both houses of the Parliament witnessed heated exchanges between Left and Trinamool members.

Left MPs recalled that Parliament had expelled 11 members facing similar charges few years ago.

However, TMC MPs insisted that the charges were a political conspiracy ahead of the West Bengal polls.

"We are ashamed that we are sitting with such people. They should drown in shame. The dignity of Parliament has been compromised by their conduct," Mohd Salim (CPI-M) said in the Parliament.

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