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Bengal Budget session begins on March 8

Staff Reporter
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The Budget Session of the West Bengal Assembly will start from March 8 and Finance Minister Amit Mitra will present the Budget on March 11, Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay said after an all-party meeting here on Friday.

Governor M. K. Narayanan will address the Assembly on March 8 but the discussion on it will take place after March 18.

“I have received a proposal from the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party that since the panchayat elections are due in the State, discussion on the Governor’s Address be held after the Budget is over,” Mr Bandyopadhyay said.

Referring to the earlier instances in Parliament where discussions on the President’s Address were postponed because of important legislations, he said that the discussions on the Governor’s address can also be postponed.

They will start after March 1, he said, adding that five to six new Bills will be introduced in the Assembly. The Session is likely to continue till March 21.

During the all-party meeting, the Speaker asked the members of political parties to exercise restraint so that “unwanted” incidents like the one that occurred during the last session do not recur.

On December 11, 2012, Trinamool Congress legislators and members of Left Front had exchanged blows in the Assembly resulting in injuries to few legislators who had to be hospitalised.

“The Chief Minister asked the leaders of Trinamool Congress to ensure that the members of ruling party exercise restraint. During the meeting I also asked the Leader of Opposition (Surya Kanta Mishra) to see that members of the Opposition adhere to Parliamentary norms,” Mr Bandyopadhyay said.

State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said that Dr Mishra demanded an adjournment motion by the Opposition be allowed during the upcoming session.

“The Chief Minister herself intervened and said that such a motion can be allowed on the last day of the session. We have no objection to it if the Speaker allows such a motion,” he said.


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