Six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including the Leader of Opposition in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari and Agnimitra Paul, have been suspended from the remainder of the ongoing West Bengal Assembly session. The suspension comes in the wake of what was termed as “unruly and disorderly behavior” exhibited by the BJP members during the session.
The motion to suspend the BJP leaders was initiated under Rule 348 of the State Assembly, with Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs of West Bengal, spearheading the move. The motion, duly placed before the House by the Speaker, garnered enough support for its passage, leading to the suspension of the six BJP MLAs.
The focal point of the discord appears to be the raising of the Sandeshkhali issue by the suspended BJP members during the session. Despite objections from the ruling party, the BJP leaders persisted in bringing attention to the matter, which reportedly contributed to the decision to suspend them from further participation in the session.
In response to their suspension, Suvendu Adhikari, while addressing the media stated the BJP’s commitment to advocating for women’s rights and pledged to continue raising pertinent issues in the Assembly. Adhikari stated, “…BJP will continue to raise its voice for the respect of women,”, he added.