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The winter session of West Bengal Assembly starting November 7 promises to be a stormy one with the Opposition gearing up to attack the All India Trinamool Congress on various issues ranging from the Saradha scam to the recent spurt in political violence in certain parts of the State.
While the Congress intends to bring a no-confidence motion against the State Government, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front on Monday demanded a discussion on the declining law and order situation in form of an adjournment motion.
Asked to comment on the plans of the Opposition, Speaker of West Bengal Assembly Biman Banerjee said that he will decide on the issue when a formal proposal comes up.
“I have appealed to the members of political parties to exercise restraint so that there can be constructive discussion,” Mr Banerjee told journalists after meeting the members of different political parties during the day.
Other than the Congress and the Left Front, the voice of the BJP will also have a say in the State Assembly with the party’s lone MLA Shamik Bhattacharya getting elected in a recent by-poll from Basirhat Dakshin Assembly seat.
The speaker said that 15 legislations most of which pertain to higher education in West Bengal will be tabled in the House for consideration and passing. Among the important legislations are The JIS University Bill, 2014 and The West Bengal University of Teachers Training Education and Planning, 2014.
The Speaker also refuted allegations made by the Opposition that the Chief Minister tried to avoid the proceedings of the House stating that Ms Banerjee has been present in the House on numerous occasions and even answered questions relating to her department. “It is the answer to the question posed by the members which is important and there are many able ministers to do that,” the Speaker said.
Emphasising that the Assembly is the place where there can be constructive criticism of the State government, Mr Banerjee said that he tries to ensure that members of the Opposition get maximum opportunity to ask questions during the question hour.
The Winter Session of the State Assembly will conclude on November 20.
From: The Hindu