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LF MLAs descend into well, shout slogans

Left Front MLAs stage a protest in the Assembly on Wednesday.— Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
Left Front MLAs stage a protest in the Assembly on Wednesday.— Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Left Front MLAs protested inside the Assembly here on Wednesday alleging modification of a question placed earlier by Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra pertaining to the Jyoti Basu Nagar township, whose nomenclature a recent legislation passed by the House proposes to alter.

 The entire question hour of the Assembly was lost in the din as the protesting legislators descended into the well of the House, shouted slogans, held up posters and tore papers.

 The pandemonium continued for an hour even as Speaker Biman Banerjee went ahead with the scheduled business of the House. He asked the Left Front MLAs to take their seats but they continued to raise slogans opposing the changes made in the question.

 They had opposed withdrawal of The New Town, Kolkata Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2011 on Tuesday — a legislation that had proposed to name New Town, a township on the eastern fringes of the city, as Jyoti Basu Nagar

 The Left Front MLAs boycotted the proceedings in the session after the recess.

Elaborating on their protests, Dr. Mishra told journalists on the premises of the Assembly that it is a rare instance when a question asked by a member of the House has been manipulated.

“The State government is encouraging manipulation of questions in schools and colleges and now it has brought it to the Assembly,” he said.

Referring to the withdrawal of a legislation and passage of another Bill that did not refer to the township as “Jyoti Basu Nagar” Dr. Mishra sarcastically said it was a gift of the State government on the birth centenary of the veteran Marxist leader who died in 2010.

He reiterated that Mr. Basu was a member of the House since 1946 and holds the record of being the longest serving Chief Minister of a State in the country and added that the township was named “Jyoti Basu Nagar” adhering to all legal processes.

 Addressing Left Front MLAs who held protests outside the House in the day, Dr. Mishra said the “State government does not have the capability to erase the name of Jyoti Basu from history.”


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