In a letter to State Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee, the alliance says: “The will of citizens of the State is being subordinated to the dictates of an individual”

Alleging that the “will of citizens of the State is being subordinated to the dictates of an individual,” the Left Front Legislature Party in the State Assembly, which boycotted the closing ceremony of the House’s platinum jubilee celebrations, wrote to Speaker Biman Banerjee on Wednesday, saying: “The State is heading towards a regime of one party rule.”

“It is in this perspective that we have been forcefully pushed to the edge, thereby leaving us no room to participate in the closing ceremony of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the West Bengal Assembly,” a letter signed by representatives of all the Left Front parties said.

Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra told journalists that the Left Front was forced to stay away with a “heavy heart” as in the House they want to speak for the people.

The letter said adjournment motions and calling attention notices on important issues such as price rise and attack on Left Front councillors were not allowed in the House during the ongoing session. “The Chief Minister, who is minister of eight important departments, has hardly replied any questions over the past two-and-a- half years. Budgets are not discussed, guillotine is the more frequent practice,” the letter, which Left Front members claimed also reflected their view on the subject of discussion scheduled for the day ‘Challenges before Parliamentary Democracy’, said.

They also the opposed the legislation the government introduced to change the name of a township from Jyoti Basu Nagar and said it was purposely done during Mr. Basu’s birth centenary.

Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Mohd. Sohrab said the party’s MLAs did not participate in the event due “to the arrogance and ignorance of the Trinamool Congress government.” “We will continue to boycott proceedings of the House in the winter session unless we are allowed a discussion on the Chief Minister’s remarks directed at the Centre [last month].”

Meanwhile, though the lone Samajwadi Party MLA in the State Assembly signed the Left’s letter to the Speaker, he was present in the House during the day’s proceedings.