Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Shantanu Sen has alleged that Union Minister Hardeep Puri abused him in Rajya Sabha and he was about to beat up, but his allies saved him. Sen snatched away a copy of minister Ashwini Vaishnav’s speech on the Pegasus issue while he was reading it in the Rajya Sabha. Sen claimed that Puri made an indecent gesture towards him.
Sen alleged at a press conference, “The Union minister threatened me and misbehaved with me. He was about to beat me when my other colleagues came to my rescue.” Earlier on Thursday, there was a huge uproar and the situation reached a scuffle. After this the marshal had to come to the rescue. While Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnav was reading out his statement in the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool Congress MP Shantanu Sen tore the paper from his hand.
Trinamool Congress members tore some paper and waved its pieces in the air during the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha. The incident took place when Information Technology and Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnav was giving a statement in the House on reports of spying of Indians through Pegasus software and allegations of opposition in the matter.
After two adjournments, as soon as the proceedings of the House began at 2 pm, Deputy Chairman Harivansh called out the name of Vaishnav to make a statement. At the same time, members of the Trinamool Congress and some opposition parties came near the plinth. They started shouting slogans and probably tore the copy of the minister’s statement and threw it in the air.
Union Minister Vaishnav could not read his statement completely due to the uproar and noise. So he laid it on the Table of the House. Deputy Chairman Harivansh requested the rioting members not to behave in unparliamentary behavior, but when they were not listened to, they adjourned the proceedings of the house for the day.
Even before this, the opposition parties had created ruckus in the House on various issues. Due to this the proceedings of the House had to be adjourned twice. The protesting opposition members raised slogans in the House on some other issues including Pegasus espionage controversy.