Updated December 19th, 2023 at 15:52 IST
Who is Kalyan Banerjee? All About Mamata Banerjee's MP who mimicked Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar
During the ongoing Winter Session, opposition MPs continued to protest over the suspension of over 92 MPs from the Parliament, causing political unrest.
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During a protest by opposition parties today, Kalyan Banerjee, the suspended MP from the Trinamool Congress (TMC), was seen mimicking Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. Rahul Gandhi, a Congress MP, recorded the incident, which infuriated the BJP. In the impromptu skit, Banerjee stated, "my spine is so straight, I'm so tall." On social media, this video of Banerjee is becoming extremely viral. Vice President Dhankhar is among the several leaders who have condemned Kalyan Banerjee's mimicry.
Who is Kalyan Banerjee
Kalyan Banerjee represents Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the Lok Sabha. He was victorious in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal's Serampore seat. In addition, he served as an MLA from 2001 until 2006. A Renowned attorney Kalyan Banerjee, also represents TMC in its legal major battles like Nandigram and Singur. Kalyan Banerjee recently made a statement that went viral in which he claimed that it will take half a kilometer to get to the washroom in the new Parliament House.
The 'Shameful' Act
During the ongoing Winter Session, opposition MPs continued to protest over the suspension of over 92 MPs from the Parliament, causing political unrest. They also criticized the BJP-led Centre for allegedly desiring a "Opposition-less Parliament." TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee imitated Rajya Sabha chairperson Jagdeep Dhankhar during the suspended MPs' protest at Parliament's Makar Dwar. Around Banerjee, other opposition leaders can be seen laughing and enjoying the mocking act. Dhankhar was prompted to respond to the mimicking, denouncing the Opposition MPs and labelling the act as "shameful."
Strong Reaction From Vice President
Dhankhar said the act was "ridiculous and unacceptable". "Mimicry of the Speaker, imitation of the Chairman, how absurd, embarrassing, and inappropriate," he uttered. "I saw a video on TV, a big leader was making a video, while another MP was copying," pointing at Rahul Gandhi, who was also allegedly spotted taping the entire affair Vice President said, "May he come to his senses."
Opposition MPs were suspended for the remainder of the Winter Session on the grounds of their "misconduct" and disregard for the Chair's instructions. After 92 MPs from different opposition parties were suspended yesterday, the opposition MPs began protesting outside the Parliament building. Now that 49 more MPs have been suspended, the total number of suspended MPs is a record 141.
Published December 19th, 2023 at 15:13 IST