RTI bill voting: Derek O'Brien accuses BJP's Rajya Sabha MP of manipulating ballot

The Trinamool MP, however, refrained from naming the erring parliamentarian.

Published: 26th July 2019 12:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2019 12:35 AM   |  A+A-

TMC MP Derek O'Brien

TMC MP Derek O'Brien (File Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Thursday alleged that a BJP MP manipulated ballot papers during voting on the RTI amendment bill in Rajya Sabha.

"BJP MP caught red-handed trying to manipulate; had multiple ballot papers with him. He was influencing MPs distributing & collecting ballot papers #Shame Appeal to @rajyasabhatv to share video footage recorded on multi-cameras," he tweeted.

O'Brien, however, refrained from naming the erring parliamentarian.

"In the larger interest of democracy, @rajyasabhatv should air all footage of what transpired in the House today while voting to send the RTI Bill to a #Parliament committee. RTI Right to Information became RTI Right to Intimidation. Did the same tactics get BJP 303 seats!," he said.

The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and other opposition parties had wanted the bill to be sent to a select committee.

The parliament on Thursday approved the amendment to the RTI Act which gives the government powers to decide salary and service terms of the statutory body's head and members, with the Rajya Sabha passing it by a voice vote.

The Upper House witnessed high drama when it negated a motion for sending the bill to a House panel.

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