CPI(M) wants RS Ethics panel to take up morphed picture, sting

first_imgissuesNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) CPI(M) today sought the intervention of a parliamentary panel into the issues of use of a morphed picture showing Home Minister Rajnath Singh offering sweets to former party chief Prakash Karat and bribery charges against a Trinammol Congress Rajya Sabha MP as allegedly brought out by a sting operation.The issues, which have kicked up a row in West Bengal with Trinamool Congress being at the receiving end, were raised at a meeting of the Rajya Sabha Committee on Ethics headed by Congress veteran Karan Singh today.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee, drew the Chairmans attention to the issue of the morphed picture being used by TMC MP and its national spokesperson Derek OBrien apparently to show ties between BJP and CPI(M).Both CPI(M) and BJP have filed complaints in this regard.”I raised the issue of morphed picture which involved a Rajya Sabha MP (OBrien),” Yechury said after a meeting of the panel.Following a press conference by OBrien in Kolkata, TMC had on Saturday posted two videos and six pictures on the partys website. The party, however, removed the morphed picture from its website after a controversy erupted.Yechury also urged the Chairman to write to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on the issue of Narada sting, noting that while Lok Sabha has referred the matter to its Ethics Committee, it was not done by Rajya Sabha.”There cannot be two yardsticks. The yardstick applied by Lok Sabha should also apply in case of Rajya Sabha. I had raised the issue in the Upper House earlier as well,” he said.advertisementIn the purported sting telecast last month, five TMC members from Lok Sabha — Saugata Roy, Sultan Ahmad, Suvendu Adhikari, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Prasoon Banerjee — were were shown allegedly accepting money from people representing a fictitious firm.Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy was purportedly shown asking the representative of the fictitious firm to hand over cash to another person.CPI(M) and Congress have alleged that BJP is silent on referring the Narada sting issue to the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha as it wants to garner TMCs support in the passage of key bills in Rajya Sabha where NDA lacks majority.BJP, however, claimed that it was Congress and the Left who helped Trinamool Congress “hush” up the Narada scandal. PTI AMR SMN PAL SMNlast_img read more