Speaker disallows the adjournment motion

There were noisy scenes in the West Bengal Assembly on Monday with the Congress walking out in protest against Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay’s decision to disallow the adjournment motion proposed by the party in protest against the prevailing law and order situation in the State.

Congress MLA Ajay Dey had sought an adjournment of the House demanding a discussion on the deteriorating law and order situation. The Left Front had also sought an adjournment in protest against the last month’s police firing at Tehatta in Nadia district, demanding strict action against the policemen involved in the incident.

Mr. Bandopashyay did not allow discussions on either of the motions. In protest, the Congress walked out of the House while the MLAs of the Left parties trouped into the well shouting slogans against the government.

The House was adjourned and met later in the day for the second session.

Senior Congress leader and former Minister in the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Cabinet, Manas Bhunia, told The Hindu that the State government had failed to provide any statistics on crimes since May 2012 to the Centre.

“Why has the West Bengal government failed in its duty within the federal structure to provide figures on crimes? Is it because crime in the State is increasing and the situation has reached the point of becoming a crisis,” asked Dr. Bhunia.

Dr. Bhunia said that according to information available with him, 63,693 cognisable offences under the Indian Penal Code were registered in the first four months of this year as compared to 1,43,197 offences reported in 2011.

Demanding that the State government step forward to explain why it has failed to provide crime statistics since May this year, Dr. Bhunia said that the Chief Minister should “rise to the occasion and address this grave situation.”

“In the first four months of this year, 806 cases of murder, 961 cases of rape, 1,841 cases of child abduction, 1,607 cases of women being abducted, 103 dacoities and 2,310 cases of rioting have been reported,” he said.