By Sushil Kutty
All those who watch Sansad TV know Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra. Even Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament. But Lok Sabha MPs get to see her in action first-hand, which is like watching the Gaza Strip skyline at night. Sparks fly every other minute and then the fiery blast. Moitra doesn’t hold back artillery. Not when enemies are dogging her life. One of them even took off with her Rottweiler “Henry”.
There are other dogs of war hounding Mahua Moitra apart from the Supreme Court lawyer, who like every “jilted ex” allegedly bitches about her. Moitra’s “ex” is so pissed at Mahua for dropping him out of her life, he took off with ‘Henry’, whose dark glossy coat could give apex court’s robed lawyers a severe case of envy compounded by jealousy.
Mahua ‘s ex- took off with Henry and Mahua told the cops. The ex-, a certain Jai Dehadarai, graciously returned Henry but then lied, alleging she had been taking cash for queries in the Lok Sabha to nail business tycoon Gautam Adani at the behest of billionaire Darshan Hiranandani of the Hiranandani Group, a business rival of the Adani Group.
Mahua Moitra because of her fine English diction and even finer disposition was allegedly bribed with expensive gifts, including fancy imported handbags and high-end jewellery, to ask pointed questions in the Lok Sabha that would give Hiranandani an edge over the Adani Group.
Mahua has rubbished the bitching at her expense, saying the “jilted ex-” was barking up the wrong tree. Only ‘Henry’ would understand, but the row erupted when BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, the saffron party’s red-hot attack-D with a bite keener than that of ‘Henry’. If the intention was to cook the Trinamool MP’s goose, it only led to more people questioning the dogs of war let loose on Mahua Moitra by the BJP.
For example, what’s Moitra’s ex- doing mixed in the BJP’s mess? Supreme Court lawyer and Mahua Moitra’s ex- Jai Anant Dehadrai had taken off with ‘Henry’ after she broke off with him and then returned ‘Henry’ after Mahua brought in the police. He should be happy, ‘Henry’ didn’t take a bite off his lawyer behind. As it is, the Rottweiler breed has a bad reputation.
But it was Anant Dehadrai who walked away with the notoriety. This, when Moitra was having a serious go at the BJP’s Nishikant Dubey, whose keen sense of sniffing out issues to turn into controversies is his vaunted importance to the BJP. Those barking at the TMC MP include “jilted ex” and this “Fake Degree MP” who, Mahua says, has questions regarding his educational qualifications.
Maybe, but both, alleged dog-catcher and “Fake Degree MP”, are not friendly next door pet-types. Dubey has authenticity questions dogging him but it is Mahua’s alleged cash-for-queries that has been sent to the Ethics Committee. Double standards? Mahua Moitra is right in raising Cain, for neither Dubey nor Dehadrai fit the honest-Abel label.
Mahua Moitra has clarified on ‘X’ that Jai Anant Dehadrai was an estranged partner and, therefore, with motive. Also, the abduction of Rottweiler Henry. Moitra says both Dubey and Dehadrai have a dog in the fight. So neither of them can be trusted. And because of the BJP’s alleged links with Adani, the outspoken Moitra is being hounded.
The controversy started after Dubey wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asking for the setting up of an inquiry committee to probe Mahua Moitra. He alleged that Moitra asked questions in Parliament in exchange for cash and gifts. The Speaker sent Dubey’s request to the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha even as the Adani Group issued a statement.
Also, Jai Anant Dehadrai submitted a sworn affidavit to the CBI outlining “the commission of an elaborate criminal conspiracy” and that the conspiracy involved the Trinamool Congress MP and Darshan Hiranandani, who for his defence flatly denied the accusation and said he was “not involved in the business of politics”.
Now, Nishikant Dubey has to prove the allegation. Of course, the CBI, which is the Government’s caged parrot and one of its most used attack-dogs, will help with all the resources at its command. True, Mahua Moitra likes the good life, but who doesn’t? What’s wrong with handbags and jewellery, which are every woman’s friend. Linking Gucci and Vuitton with questions asked in Parliament is so flimsy even for a joke. Nishikant Dubey is chasing wild dogs and wasting Parliament time. As for the ‘jilted ex’, it would be better for him to forget the past and instead of barking up wrong trees, let sleeping dogs lie. Otherwise, he runs the risk of ending up in the doghouse. (IPA Service)