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TMC MP Santanu suspended from RS for snatching Pegasus papers from IT minister

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Friday suspended Trinamool Congress MP Santanu Sen for snatching Pegasus statement from Union IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Sen has been suspended for the remaining period of the monsoon session after a motion moved by the government was passed by the House.

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The motion was passed by a voice vote and Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked Sen to leave the House.

“Santanu Sen, please withdraw from House. Allow the House to function,” Naidu said and adjourned the House till 12 PM following a furore that started during TMC MP Derek O’Brien’s statement over yesterday’s incident.

The Pegasus snooping row turned ugly during yesterday’s Parliament session after Shantanu snatched papers from Vaishnaw and tore them into pieces as the minister was about to make a statement on Pegasus. 

He later also alleged that Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri abused him in the House and was on the verge of physically assaulting him before he was rescued by colleagues.

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Sen claimed at a news conference that Puri even rudely gesticulated at him. There was no reaction yet from the minister on the issue.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh asked the members to desist from unparliamentary behaviour, before adjourning the proceedings of the House for the day.

“Please do not adhere to this unparliamentary practice,” Harivansh said, adding that the report that all MPs want to hear has now been laid on the table of the House and it can be discussed.

He called the minister to read his statement and Vaishnaw read out a few sentences before the ruckus drowned his voice and he said he was laying the statement on the table of the House.

“You do not want a discussion on an issue you have been agitated about…this is undemocratic,” the deputy chairman remarked.

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