Dec 20: Tripura Assembly on Monday experienced ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour following the allegations on Forest Minister Naresh Jamatiya, during which a Trinamool Congress MLA ran with the Speaker’s mace.
TMC lawmaker Sudip Roy Burman raised the issue during the Zero Hour which highlighted the allegations on Jamatiya. It was published in a local Bengali newspaper.
Later, the Forest Minister spoke and rubbished all the allegations and accusations published in the newspaper against him. He labeled the allegations as baseless and said that the same was published to torment his image. The minister said that he has filed a defamation case in a court against the newspaper.
The entire opposition which includes Congress and TMC started shouting and demanded a statement from Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who also holds the Home portfolio.
Sarkar said the matter was subjudice and opposition members would have to wait for the court’s verdict.
Opposition raised slogans asserting speaker Ramendra Debnath to allow discussion on the matter. During this time, Roy Burman picked up the mace lying on the Speaker’s table and ran from the House.
However, Later he gave the mace back to the watch and ward staff in the lobby. The house was adjourned. After the house gathered again, the speaker condemned the taking away of the mace.
Roy spoke to the media and said that “I fled away with the mace because I was not allowed to put forward my views on the present law and order situation in the state. I wanted to raise my point that crime against women has increased in recent years and I would like to request the media to highlight the issue.”