Last update: August 06, 2022, 23:25 IST
Trinamool Congress MP and Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha Sudeep Bandopadhyay has written to fellow Member of Parliament Sisir Adhikari asking him to explain why he participated in the Vice Presidential election when the party decided to stay away from the process. The Mamata Banerjee-led party had decided not to contest the vice-presidential election, alleging that the joint opposition candidate was chosen without proper consultation.
“Please refer to my letter dated August 4, 2022, in which you were informed that our Parliamentary Party members, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, will abstain from voting in the Vice-Presidential election on Saturday, August 6, 2022. “We have noted that you have voted. Your vote in the vice presidential election held today,” Bandyopadhyay said.
No party can apply the whip in the vice-presidential election. Therefore, the Trinamool Congress will not be able to take action against Shishir Adhikari in the Lok Sabha for disobeying the instructions of the party. National Democratic Alliance’s vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected as the 14th vice-president of India on Saturday as he defeated opposition candidate Margaret Alva.
Former West Bengal Governor Dhankhar got 528 votes against Alva’s 182. Their margin of victory was the largest since 1997. Shishir Adhikari’s relationship with Trinamool Congress has deteriorated. Bandopadhyay has demanded his dismissal citing “defection” to the BJP.
Bandyopadhyay has repeatedly complained to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla against the officers and asked them to submit evidence in support of their claims. The matter was referred to the Privileges Committee after the TMC leader filed a complaint under the Anti-Defection Act.
Bandopadhyay had alleged that Adhikari had joined the BJP in March last year in the wake of the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections. The officer was elected thrice as MP from Kontai constituency on TMC ticket since 2009. He had come to Delhi to cast his vote during the presidential election.
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