A five- minute power outage in the West Bengal Assembly during the Power Minister’s speech, prompted Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay to order an inquiry into the incident here on Wednesday.
A number of Trinamool Congress members including certain Ministers sniffed conspiracy in the power disruption, which occurred when State’s Power Minister Manish Gupta was responding to a question on the power situation in the State.
The House was disrupted for about 15 minutes and soon after it resumed State’s Parliamentary Minister raised the issue before the Speaker, who directed the acting secretary of the Assembly to give a report on the matter within seven days.
“There is separate arrangement for power to Raj Bhawan, Calcutta High Court and the State Assembly. We have checked it and found that there was no disruption from the source that supplies power,” Mr Chatterjee told journalists later in the day.
He pointed out that the power cut happened at a time when the State’s Power Minister was speaking and the power supply was restored within the next three to five minutes. The official spokesperson of CESC, the private sector utility which feeds the city and its vicinity, said that there was no problem at the company’s end.
Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra said that the decision to set up an inquiry into the power outage was ‘laughable’.