TMC urges LS Speaker Birla to not allow Sisir Adhikari to delay disqualification proceedings

Updated: Aug 18 2022 8:16PM

New Delhi, Aug 18 (PTI) The Trinamool Congress has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla requesting him to not allow TMC MP Sisir Adhikari to delay the proceedings of his disqualification and to dispose the matter expeditiously.

Ahead of the monsoon session that began on July 18, the Lok Sabha Secretariat had issued separate letters to Sisir Adhikari and Sunil Kumar Mondal (Trinamool Congress) and K Raghu Ramakrishna Raju (YSR Congress), after their parties petitioned Birla, seeking their disqualification under the anti-defection law. "It appears that Adhikari is deliberately resorting to delay and hoodwinking tactics so as to drag on the proceedings, make the prayers in my petition infructuous and mislead your good office. In this context, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that he has replied to your letter dated 15 July 2021 only on 29 November 2021 i.e. after four months. “Not only has he replied after such a delay, he has also raised blatantly false objections to the petition to buy some time and defeat the purpose of my petition. Such conduct is colourable, unlawful and derogatory to the high office of the Hon'ble Speaker," Sudip Bandyopadhyay, leader of the TMC in Lok Sabha, said in his letter dated August 8.

The senior TMC leader has replied to Adhikari's claims point by point and said that the objections raised by him are "false, baseless and without any legal justification".