On December 8, 2023, the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of Parliament, expelled Mahua Moitra, a Member of Parliament from the Trinamool Congress (TMC). This decision, rooted in a cash-for-query case, transpired after a tumultuous session.
The Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha, in a comprehensive 495-page report, alleged that Moitra had accepted gifts, including luxury items and a car. The complaint, filed by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, asserted that Moitra sought favors from businessman Darshan Hiranandani to pose questions against industrialist Gautam Adani.
The Expulsion Process
The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee’s report, advocating Moitra’s expulsion, garnered approval by a margin of six votes to four. Subsequently, the Lok Sabha Speaker presented the report to the House. Moitra faces expulsion if the Lok Sabha, by a majority, endorses the committee’s recommendation.
Moitra decried the action against her as akin to being ‘hanged by a kangaroo court.’ This expulsion has ignited notable reactions in the political realm, with Shashi Tharoor suggesting that Moitra might return with a stronger mandate.
The expulsion of Mahua Moitra signifies a momentous development in Indian politics. The impact on her political career and the broader political landscape in India remains uncertain. As events unfold, the nation awaits the outcomes with anticipation.
It is essential to note that this article is based on information available as of December 8, 2023.