In the absence of Opposition MLAs who had chosen to stay away from the House, the West Bengal Assembly passed here on Wednesday a resolution condemning the behaviour of Left Front MLAs and Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra, earlier in the day.

The Left Front MLAs led by Dr. Mishra protested inside the House during the question hour and boycotted the Assembly after the recess, against the modification of a question relating to the naming of a township as Jyoti Basu Nagar. Congress legislators, too, decided to indefinitely boycott the House on Tuesday, demanding a discussion on the anti-Centre remarks made by Mamata Banerjee in the House on November 20.

“The House strongly condemns the uncivil behaviour, distasteful comments, and the efforts of the Left Front members to prevent the Speaker and the House proceedings from functioning,” State’s Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee said.

Accusing the Opposition – particularly the Communist Party of India (Marxist) – of creating disorder in the Assembly, Mr. Chatterjee later told journalists that it is the right of the Assembly Secretariat to edit questions if they were too long.

“This used to happen during my days as Leader of the Opposition also. The Speaker, sticking to highest norms of parliamentary behaviour, allowed Dr. Mishra to speak, but he responded by shredding the business papers,” he said.

Stating that the behaviour of Dr, Mishra was “planned and motivated”, Mr. Chatterjee said that such behaviour cannot continue.

“We want good debates in the Assembly where everybody can participate,” he said.


  • Congress legislators too decide to indefinitely boycott the House

  • “It is the right of the Assembly Secretariat to edit questions if they were too long”


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