Derek O'Brien of TMC suspended from Rajya Sabha for remainder of Monsoon session
TMC MP Derek O'Brien suspended from Rajya Sabha over ‘unruly behaviour’
Derek O'Brien, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP, on Tuesday was suspended by Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar for the remainder of the current Monsoon session of Parliament session “for unruly behaviour unbecoming of a Member of Rajya Sabha”.
Leader of the House Piyush Goyal moved a motion for his suspension “for continuously disturbing the proceedings of the House, disobeying the Chair and continuously creating the disturbance in the House”.
Amid a massive ruckus after the suspension order, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon.
O'Brien's suspension comes days after Dhankhar and the Trinamool Congress MP had a heated argument in the Upper House of Parliament. The chairman had accused O'Brien of making "engaging in theatrics" a habit, inviting a strong objection from O'Brien, who said he was quoting the rules of the House and demanding a serious discussion on Manipur.
The spat occurred when Dhankhar was addressing the members of the House and pointing out that the repeated disruptions in the House do not evoke respect among the people. He also spoke of how he was getting inputs from all over, indicating "alarming concern" over the situation in the House.