Eleven Congress legislators led by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday urged the Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya to direct state Assembly Speaker to revoke the order for suspension of Congress’ member of legislative Assembly (MLA) from Palwal, Karan Singh Dalal, from the House for a year.

In a signed memorandum to Governor, Congress legislators termed Dalal’s suspension from the House as illegal, unjust and arbitrary.

They alleged the Speaker Kanwar Pal acted under pressure of the government and was unable to maintain neutrality and objectivity in this case.

The Congress legislators requested the Governor to advise the Speaker for revoking Dalal’s suspension to save his constituent’s constitutional and democratic rights.

“The punishment inflicted upon Dalal is unmerited, unwarranted, injust and excessive. This betrays the intention of the government to suppress the voice of the Opposition by brute majority,” they said.

Dalal was as suspended from Haryana Assembly on 11 September for one year after the legislator and the Leader of Opposition, Abhay Singh Chautala, hurled abuses and charged at each other with a shoe in their hand, prompting the Speaker to summon marshals.

A resolution to suspend Dalal, which was supported by main opposition INLD, was moved by finance minister Abhimanyu over alleged use of derogatory language and misconduct by the Congress MLA and passed by voice vote in the House.

Later talking to reporters outside the Assembly, Dalal termed his suspension as “illegal” and said he would move the court in this regard.