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Opposition walks out of Assembly over passage of Bills

Staff Reporter

Kolkata: The Opposition walked out of the West Bengal Assembly here on Tuesday in protest against the State government's move to pass two Bills, allegedly in haste, “at the fag end of its tenure”.

A delegation of Trinamool Congress MLAs later met Governor M. K. Narayanan at Raj Bhavan to express their grievance on the issue, and submitted a written complaint.

The West Bengal Panchayat Board of Education Bill, 2010, and the West Bengal Panchayat Second Amendment Bill, 2010, were passed by the House in the absence of the Opposition. The Trinamool Congress leadership claimed that the State government passed the two Bills without paying heed to the objections raised by the Assembly's business advisory committee.

“The government did not discuss the Bills in detail with the Opposition. Ideally, such Bills should be passed only after adequate deliberation and discussion on the subject with persons concerned. We cannot understand the reason behind the government's urgency,” Partha Chatterjee, leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly and senior Trinamool Congress leader, said after meeting the Governor.

Stalled earlier

Claiming that the passage of the West Bengal Panchayat Board of Education Bill, 2010, was earlier stalled by the former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi by refusing to ratify it since he felt it required further discussion, Mr. Chatterjee accused the State government of “rushing through things at the fag end of its tenure”, with Assembly elections expected within a few months.

Taking a dig at the passage of the Bills, he said though the State government “did not function for the last 33 years, it has suddenly become active as realisation has dawned upon them that their days are numbered”.

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