Trinamool, TDP parliamentarians fight over room in Parliament
NEW DELHI: Parliamentarians from the Trinamool
Congress and the Telugu Desam Party were on Tuesday involved in a row over
office space in the Parliament building.
Trinamool parliamentarians forcibly removed a board in
front of the Telugu Desam Party office in the building, saying it has been
allotted to them, and then occupied the room.
“The speaker’s office has directed us to take room No
5. We have 46 MPs but we didn’t have any place to sit. The TDP has been
allotted a room on the third floor,” said Trinamool Lok Sabha member Sudip
It was after the TDP parliamentarians found that their
nameplates were removed from room No 5 that the scuffle began. They tried to
put up the signboard again and refused to vacate the room.
Bandopadhyay and fellow parliamentarian Sultan Ahmed
were seen outside room No 5 arguing with officials and TDP lawmakers. Both the
regional parties lashed out at each other. TDP members called it ‘uncultured
“It is an uncultured behaviour. We will complain about
it,” said YS Chowdary, a Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh. Trinamool said
the TDP found it hard to let go the room because as they were ‘sentimental’
Trinamool has 34 members in the Lok Sabha and 12 in
the Rajya Sabha, while the TDP has 18 members in the lower house and six in the
upper house. TDP Lok Sabha member Narayana Rao said, “We have been occupying
the room for the last 30 years. A few nameplates were removed. It is not