Kalyan Banerjee apologises to Mahajan for calling her the Modi-mouthpiece

New Delhi : In the first week of the first budget session itself, some members of the Trinamool Congress attacked speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the Lok Sabha. ‘You are not Modi’s speaker’ – this barb at her by the TMC member Kalyan Bannerjee at the height of chaos created by a surcharged group of TMC members threw the house into a turmoil, and prompted a long observation from Mahajan castigating members about unruly behavior.

“Don’t force me to get tough. I warn everybody, placards are not allowed. You must listen to the Speaker,” she warned.

She said, “The undignified conduct of some members since Monday is extremely unfortunate. We all have been hurt by disruptions in the House during the last few days.”

Bannerjee then apologised to the speaker for his remarks and the matter came to an end, although the Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted the speaker’s ruling on the incident that had sparked off these protests.

Kharge’s reference was to the clash between the BJP and the TMC members after the railway budget was presented on Tuesday.  TMC MPs were protesting against the budget when a scuffle that took place in the Lok Sabha, and they accused the BJP MPs of using unparliamentary language against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. They also claimed that some BJP MPs had threatened to beat them up and a BJP MP was drunk. There were heated exchanges, but the BJP claimed that its MPs only asked the TMC MPs to stop the sloganeering against Prime Minister Modi.

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