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House lessons for Trinamul MPs

New Delhi, June 4: Newly elected Trinamul Congress MPs, several of them without political background, were lectured on parliamentary rules and procedures to senior leaders in Delhi today.

Veterans such as Mukul Roy, Saugata Roy, Sudip Bandopadhyay and Kalyan Banerjee gave a crash course at a closed-door session at Banga Bhavan on a day Parliament’s session started.

Around 20 of Trinamul’s 34 MPs are first-timers. Around five, including Moon Moon Sen and Dev, don’t have any political background.

“Apart from parliamentary rules and procedures, the MPs were taught how to play the role of a constructive Opposition,” a Trinamul MP said.

Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy spoke about the dos and don’ts in Parliament and the importance of following the party line while raising issues in the House.

Mukul Roy told the MPs about the issues Trinamul would raise in Parliament. He instructed the MPs to discuss every issue with senior party leaders before speaking in Parliament.

Saugata Roy told the MPs about parliamentary rules of business and procedures such as Question Hour and Zero Hour.

Kalyan Banerjee, who heads the standing committee on coal, spoke on how parliamentary panels work. MPs have to be part of a host of parliamentary panels that prepare reports on crucial issues.

Rajya Sabha MP and Trinamul spokesperson Derek O’Brien educated the first-timers on how to handle the media. Sources said the MPs were asked to avoid talking to the media.