Derek O’Brien, a TMC MP, was suspended for the rest of the winter session on Thursday in the Rajya Sabha due to “ignoble misconduct”. After adopting the motion for suspension, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar stated that O’Brien had entered the House Well and was “continuously shouting slogans gesticulating at the Chair,” disrupting the business of the House.
Along with other opposition members, the TMC MP was yelling chants calling on Union Home Minister Amit Shah to enter the Parliament and address the security lapse that resulted in two people jumping from the visitors’ gallery into the Chamber of the House. Despite being ordered to leave, he remained inside the House.
“Derek O’Brien has been suspended as of right now. We have the right to bring up people’s concerns at the well. There is nothing wrong with Derek O’Brien.” TMC MP Dola Sen stated, “We as the opposition brought up this issue and raised slogans because the PM, Home Minister, and Treasury are silent on the security breach issue.”
On Wednesday, two individuals named Sagar Sharma and Manoranjan D burst into the Lok Sabha and blew off a canister, releasing smoke that was tinted yellow.
In the meanwhile, following yesterday’s security breach event, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has suspended eight security staff in total. Members of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha called for Amit Shah’s resignation. When they got to the House Well, a couple of them held up signs.
“Everyone has condemned this incident. You (Speaker) have taken cognizance of the matter. We have to be careful about to whom we issue the passes (to enter Parliament). All precautions possible will be taken in the future. Such incidents of jumping also used to happen in the old parliament building,” Singh said.
About Derek O’Brien
Born on March 13, 1961, Derek O’Brien is an Indian politician, quiz master, and television personality. He is a representative from West Bengal in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. And a member of the All India Trinamool Congress. In addition to leading the Trinamool Congress Parliamentary party in the Rajya Sabha, he serves as the party’s principal national spokesperson. He rose to fame as the quizmaster for the Bournvita Quiz Contest and other shows before entering the Parliament.
In the UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the US, Derek O’Brien has given quizzes. He went to Pakistan in 2008 to conduct a TV game show for schools in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. O’Brien received the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Host in a Television Gameshow three times in a row (2003–05).
In addition to several Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). O’Brien has given speeches at a number of universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia in the United States. The National Law School of India University in Bengaluru. Hindu College and Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi; and Loreto College in Kolkata.