Mahua Moitra, Nishikant Dubey spar ahead of Lok Sabha’s ethics panel meeting | India News

NEW DELHI: Trinamool Congress chief Mahua Moitra on Tuesday claimed that the assembly of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha was postponed to maintain a Congress member away from the proceedings and undertake the report by a majority, prompting a pointy retort from BJP MP Nishikant Dubey.
Dubey, whose criticism in opposition to Moitra to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla led to the Ethics Committee proceedings, took a dig on the Trinamool Congress MP contending that it was her responsible conscience that was main her to fret concerning the proceedings of the parliamentary panel.
The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, chaired by BJP MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar, was scheduled to fulfill on Tuesday to think about and undertake its draft report on the cash-for-query allegations in opposition to Moitra. The assembly has now been postponed to November 9.
Maintaining the assault, Moitra claimed that no draft report of the committee was circulated to the members and that the BJP leaders had been reaching out to allies to make sure their attendance to undertake the report by majority.
“No draft report circulated as is the norm however shall be ‘adopted’ on Nov 9. Assembly postponed to conflict with INC MP’s nomination date so he cannot come. BJP calling allies to make sure attendance to undertake by way of majority. Chartered flight to fly in MP state president. How scared Adani & Modi are,” she posted on X.
Congress Lok Sabha member Uttam Kumar Reddy, a member of the Ethics Committee, is contesting the upcoming Telangana meeting elections.
Reacting to Moitra, Dubey posted on X, “What’s there to concern about who will attend the Ethics Committee? Or whether or not the paper was circulated? What’s within the report? Does this mirror concern or ought to we are saying that guilt conscience pricks the thoughts? One ought to be affected person.”
Opposition members are anticipated to submit dissent notes to the committee.
Congress sources stated its members N Uttam Kumar Reddy and V Vaithilingam will submit dissent notes. BSP member Kunwar Danish Ali can be set to submit his dissent be aware.
The 15-member committee has seven members from the BJP, three from the Congress, and one every from BSP, Shiv Sena, YSRCP, CPM and JDU.
The BJP members are in a majority within the 15-member committee which is prone to take a grim view of the fees in opposition to Moitra, extra so after she accused Sonkar of asking filthy and private inquiries to her within the final assembly earlier than strolling out in a rage together with opposition members.
There are indications the committee might make a advice in opposition to her in its report back to Speaker Om Birla amid a risk of dissent notes from opposition members.
All 5 opposition members who attended the November 2 assembly walked out of the proceedings, alleging that Sonkar requested private and indecent inquiries to her concerning her travels, lodge keep and phone calls.
She later alleged that she was subjected to a “proverbial vastraharan” within the assembly.
The committee chairperson dismissed opposition members’ claims as a case of unethical conduct geared toward shielding her.
The choice of Moitra, who appeared earlier than the panel as a topic of enquiry and thus lacked the privileges bestowed on its members, to stroll out of the assembly is prone to be taken up critically by the committee in its report.
Dubey has accused Moitra of asking questions within the Lok Sabha to focus on the Adani Group on the behest of businessman Darshan Hiranandani in change for bribes.

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