Mumbai: Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha has changed his Twitter bio to ‘Suspended Member of Parliament’. This comes after he was suspended from the Rajya Sabha for “gross violation of rule and misconduct”, pending a report by the Privileges Committee.
Several Rajya Sabha MPs claimed Chadha named them in a house panel without their consent.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, while announcing Chadha’s suspension, said, “…I suspend Raghav Chadha from the service of the Council till the Council has the benefit of the report by the Committee of Privileges.
His suspension came as a result of a motion made by the House Leader Piyush Goyal, who demanded that the AAP leader be punished for improperly including the names of some Upper House members in a proposed select committee for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
In response to his expulsion from the upper chamber, Chadha questioned whether it was his inquiries to the party’s leaders that led to his expulsion. He also questioned what the offence was that resulted in his suspension, stating that it was because he demanded justice from the BJP about the Delhi Services Bill.
“Why was I suspended? What was my crime? Was I suspended because I asked questions from the leaders of the largest party that is the BJP? Or my crime was that I put forth my point on the Delhi Services bill & asked for justice from BJP…This week I received two notices from the Committee of Privileges…Opposition is not given a chance to speak in Parliament…BJP is accusing me of forging signatures but the truth is any MP can propose the name for the formation of any committee and neither the signature nor the written consent of the person whose name is proposed is required,” Raghav Chadha said.