because of the Pegasus snooping controversy Shantanu Sen, a member of the TMC, steals a statement from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow. MPs from the opposition raise anti-government slogans in the House of Commons. The House of Commons has been adjourned.
- High drama in Rajya Sabha: TMC MP Shantanu Sen snatches Ashwini Vaishnaw’s statement.
- MPs from the opposition rushed to the Well of the House and raised slogans against the government.
- The Chair adjourned the House until 11 am tomorrow.
- Yesterday, the House was adjourned twice after Opposition MPs raised the issue of alleged snooping using Pegasus spyware.
- Parliament’s Monsoon Session began on Monday.
- Due to the continuing uproar by the Opposition members, neither House — Lok Sabha nor Rajya House — has transacted any business so far.
Thrilling drama in the Rajya Sabha as TMC MP Shantanu Sen steals a statement from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw (right).
On Thursday, the Rajya Sabha was engulfed in high drama as the Opposition launched a series of protests against a variety of concerns. After Trinamool Congress MP Shantanu Sen stole a statement paper from Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw as he stood to speak on the Pegasus snooping incident, things got extremely violent. Sen then tore the paper in half and hurled it in the direction of the Deputy Chairman. In the seconds before Vaishnaw, who was due to deliver remarks about alleged phone tapping, took the podium, opposition members rushed to the Well and began shouting anti-government slogans at the government.
Deputy Chairman Harivash advised the members of Parliament who were protesting to return to their respective seats and allow the Minister to finish his statement. As Vaishnav began to make his testimony, TMC MP Shantanu Sen rushed to his seat and took the paper from the Minister, tearing it apart and preventing him from continuing.
The Chair then declared the House to be adjourned until 11 a.m. the following day. Earlier today, the House of Commons was adjourned twice as members of the Opposition expressed concerns about alleged surveillance using Pegasus spyware and other technologies.
The Monsoon Session of the Parliament convened on Monday and will run until June. Both Houses of Parliament — the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha — have been unable to conduct any business as a result of the unrelenting clamor by members of the Opposition.
About Ashwini Vaishnaw
- Ashwini Vaishnaw is an Indian politician and former officer of the Indian Administrative Service.
- He has been serving as India’s Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology since 8 July 2021.
- He was sworn in as a member of the Parliament of India in June, representing Odisha State in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house.
- After completing his M.Tech at IIT Kanpur, he joined the IAS in 1994.
- In 2008, he left for the US to do his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
- He has worked as deputy chairman of the Mormugao Port Trust, and thus has experience in both the public and private sectors.
- Through the introduction of Aluminum train sets, he intends to improve the flagship Vande Bharat trains in India.
- He was appointed deputy secretary to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003.
- After leaving the civil service in 2010, he founded Three Tee Auto Logistics Limited.
- In 2012, he founded Three Tee Vee Gee Components Limited, an automotive components company.
- Currently, he lives in Gujarat with his wife Sunita Vaishnav and their two children.
- He consults for Siemens and GE Transportation in India.
- Additionally, he holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.
- His family lives in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
- His wife and two children are graduates of Jai Narain Vyas University.