Asked for his comments on the controversy raging over the State government’s move to change the nomenclature of a township from Jyoti Basu Nagar, Governor M.K. Narayanan said here on Wednesday that he is not in favour of changing the name.
‘Certainly not in favour’
“I am certainly not in favour of change of name… that is all I can say,” he told journalists.
The State government had withdrawn on Tuesday a legislation by the previous Left Front government naming the township Jyoti Basu Nagar. Queried by the Opposition, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim had said that the Governor had written to the State government to withdraw the Bill.
Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra, who led a delegation of Left Front MLAs to Raj Bhavan on Tuesday, told journalists that Mr. Narayanan had told them that he was not aware of any such development.
“It is an example of Ministers saying what is not true,” Dr. Mishra said.
In a memorandum submitted to Mr. Narayanan on Tuesday, Dr. Mishra had said that the purpose of passing a new legislation after the earlier one was withdrawn without any reference of the township as Jyoti Basu Nagar was “politically motivated.”
“There is no provision, either in the rules of procedures and conduct of the business in the Assembly or in the Constitution of India, for withdrawal of a legislation passed by the House and pending assent of the Governor,” the memorandum states.