Kolkata: An MLA, who recently defected from Congress to BJP, has been suspended from the current session of West Bengal Assembly.
The suspension comes not due to defection. Rather, it is for breaking the decorum of the Assembly by aggressively raising an issue disobeying the order by the Speaker.
The MLA concerned is Dulal Bar, who represents Bagda Assembly constituency in North 24-Parganas. He was elected in 2016 on Congress ticket but switched over to BJP recently.
Speaker Biman Banerjee had suspended him from the House for the day yesterday 2 September as soon after the proceedings started, he began speaking on a recent attack on BJP Bongaon MLA Biswajit Das.
The Speaker warned him that he cannot raise an issue out of turn, but Bar paid no heed. He was then suspended for the day and forced out of the House by a marshal.
As the House resumed today, Bar this time started speaking on the recent murder and alleged rape of a woman Basanti in South 24-Parganas in front of her minor child. He alleged that Trinamool cadres were behind this and police were not taking action.
To this, the Trinamool MLAs at once raised objection in unison and told the Speaker that Bar is hurling unsubstantiated allegations. He is doing so without the permission of the Chair.
Following this, the Speaker said that Bar has been breaking the decorum of the House and vitiating the atmosphere. Hence, he is suspended for all the remaining days of the current session.
As soon as the Speaker gave his ruling, all the BJP MLAs staged a walkout in protest.