Left MLAs demand Mamata's resignation

Left legislators in the West Bengal Assembly on Monday demanded the immediate resignation of Railway Minister Mamata Banarjee in the wake of the train accident at Sainthia in Birbhum district.

They accused the Minister of being indifferent to ensuring the safety and security of passengers, prompting protests by MLAs belonging to the Trinamool Congress and the Congress, who suspected that a conspiracy was afoot against the railways.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA Rabin Mondal alleged that total neglect in maintenance in the railways was endangering the safety of passengers. The Minister, he alleged, appeared to be preoccupied with the thought of becoming the chief minister after the next Assembly elections. She was neglecting the need to improve infrastructure and ensure safety measures, he said.

Trinamool Congress members, who were not present in the House during question hour, entered at the time the Left Front legislators were raising the demand for Ms. Banerjee's resignation. There was a noisy exchange between them.

Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee alleged that MLAs of the ruling party violated parliamentary norms by launching a personal attack against Ms Banerjee in the absence of the Trinamool members. He demanded that since she was not a member of the House, the Speaker expunge all references to her.

Later, members of the Trinamool and the Congress walked out of the House.

Speaking to journalists, Mr. Chatterjee demanded a through inquiry by the Railway Ministry and the Centre into why train accidents were occurring repeatedly in West Bengal. The inquiry should look into whether there was any conspiracy being hatched to incite unrest in the State.

Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manas Bhunia maintained that Ms. Banerjee “is a capable Railway Minister” and was the target of a misinformation campaign by the CPI(M).

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