TN MP’s slapgate reaches RS; MP seeks protection

Raj Kamal Rao

AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa making a statement in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha witnessed an unprecedented incident on Monday when AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa sought government’s protection from her own party leaders. Sasikala was involved in an embarrassing incident at the Delhi airport on Friday evening where she allegedly slapped DMK MP Tiruchi Shiva. Following the incident, she has been expelled by her party.

“I am being slapped by my leader. I am being compelled to resign from my constitutional post. I need protection,” said the AIADMK MP who got into a controversy for slapping DMK Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva.

As per reports, AIADMK MP Sasikala slapped her rival party DMK’s MP Tiruchi Siva after the two got into spat while getting security clearance at Delhi Airport on Friday.

“Around 2 pm, AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa had a scuffle with another MP, identified as Tiruchi Siva, from rival DMK at the domestic airport. She suddenly ran towards him and holding him by neck slapped him. CISF intervened and informed senior officials. The whole incident was captured in CCTVs installed at Airport,” an Official told media.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien making an intervention during Zero hour

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien making an intervention during Zero hour

Sasikala said she got apologies from DMK party Siva and for what ever happened at airport and tendered unconditional apologies for behaviour at the Airport.

“I am getting unconditional apologies from Tiruchi Siva, who is a very descent fellow. I am getting apologies from DMK leader’s also. I also apologise for my behaviour” she said.

Even as the matter appeared to be headed for closure, Sasikala’s own party AIADMK expelled her for what they termed bringing “ill fame” to the party.

“Sasikala Pushpa sacked from the party for bringing ill fame to the party – Puratchi Thalaivi Amma,” AIADMK’s official Twitter handle announced the party’s decision.

Early on Monday, soon after the Upper House assembled for the day, the AIADMK MP stood up apprising the house over the Friday’s incident as well as what followed within her own party. As she sought support within Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien assured that her grievance would be heard.

“If you have any complaint, give it in writing, the chairman will look into it,” Kurien said

Members from Congress and SP also came in Sasikala’s support demanding that she be heard and protected from those “people” threatening her life. Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the member is not being allowed to express her views in the Parliament. “She has not been allowed to speak. She should be allowed to say whatever she has to say,” said Azad.

Intervening on behalf of the government, I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the discussion on the matter will damage the image of Parliament.

“If a member has any problem, she should write to the Chair… the Chair will take appropriate action,” Naidu said.