The manner in which the State Government is conducting itself in the West Bengal Assembly is an attack on Parliamentary democracy, the Leader of the Opposition, Surya Kanta Mishra, said here on Tuesday even as he suggested that the Chief Minister was “afraid” to confront the House.
He was protesting against the way business in the House was being determined in violation of the rules and without the consultation of political parties.
“Parliamentary democracy is under attack within the House, not to speak of democracy being attacked outside it. We protest strongly against this”, Mr Mishra said.
Referring to the move to send to the guillotine the budgets of seven of the eight departments held by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee without holding discussions, Mr Mishra wondered what would the other Ministers do “if the Chief Minister is afraid of confronting the House”.
As for the Chief Minister's claims that her government was not “vindictive” and it is her “duty” to look into allegations made by the Opposition of political vendetta being unleashed by activists of the ruling party against the supporters and workers of the Left parties, Mr Mishra said that repeated communications in this regard to the government had not yielded the desired results.
Several complaints have been made to the Chief Minister but no steps taken to prevent such violence, he pointed out.
On Ms Banerjee's intent to seize illegal arms from across the State, he said he would like to ask her how many such weapons had been seized from the Maoists.