Following his suspension from the Rajya Sabha, Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha on Friday resorted to social media to question his suspension.
Chadha also alleged that it was an attempt by the centre-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to suppress his voice as he dared to ask tough questions.
On Friday, Raghav Chadha was suspended from Rajya Sabha on the grounds of "gross violation of rules, misconduct, defiant attitude and contemptuous conduct", pending a report by the privileges committee.
His suspension followed a motion moved by Leader of the House Piyush Goyal who sought action against him for including names of some members of the Upper House without their consent in a proposed select committee for the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
What did Chadha say?
Taking it to social media platform X (formerly Twitter), Chadha said, “Why was I suspended? Was it because I dared to question them? They have given a stark message with this suspension – if you dare to ask questions, we will crush your voice. I was suspended for asking tough questions that left the BJP, the world's largest party, speechless. That has scared them.”
“The fact that a 34-year-old MP showed them a mirror and held them accountable, has left them scared. By suspending a young member of parliament based on false allegations, the government's actions signal an alarming stance that reeks of being anti-youth and anti-democratic”, he added.
Main SUSPENDED Rajya Sabha saansad…— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) August 11, 2023
मैं निलंबित राज्य सभा सांसद… pic.twitter.com/oVrKNvWnKg
In the video, Chadha referred to Rahul Gandhi’s suspension from Parliament and said, “The way in which the BJP orchestrated the suspension of Rahul Gandhi from Parliament indicates their willingness to employ similar tactics to suspend and subsequently expel any AAP MP without hesitation.”
He alleged that the monsoon session of Parliament saw an “unprecedented abuse of power by the government”. “Microphones were forcibly silenced and the voice of the opposition ruthlessly quashed, with 3 MPs from AAP alone being suspended,” he said.
“If those who orchestrated this suspension thought they could suppress my commitment, they are gravely mistaken. I will not be silenced. I will continue to stand for justice, truth, and the rights of the people,” he said, adding that the suspension has only strengthened his resolve.
He also challenged the BJP to produce proof or documents supporting the allegations against him in the video posted on social media