The Lok Sabha Secretariat issued a notification on Friday, formally announcing the expulsion of Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra from the lower house of Parliament.
This decision followed swiftly after the Lok Sabha adopted the report of its Ethics Committee, which found Moitra guilty of accepting gifts and illegal gratification from a businessman to advance his interests. The notification, released on the same day, outlined the expulsion and its immediate implications.
The statement from the Lok Sabha Secretariat read, "Consequent on the adoption of a Motion by the Lok Sabha on the 8th December, 2023, expelling Smt. Mahua Moitra, an elected member from the Krishnanagar Parliamentary Constituency of West Bengal from the membership of Lok Sabha, Smt. Mahua Moitra has ceased to be a member of Lok Sabha with effect from the 8th December, 2023, afternoon."
The expulsion followed a heated debate over the Ethics Committee's report, during which Moitra was not allowed to address the assembly. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi later presented a motion to expel the Trinamool member for "unethical conduct," a motion that was subsequently adopted by a voice vote. The decision underscores the commitment to upholding ethical standards within the parliamentary framework.