Cong MLAs enter WB Assembly wearing helmets
Kolkata: Congress MLAs including women members wore helmets when they entered the West Bengal assembly on Wednesday, a day after a scuffle inside the House spun out of control, even as the Speaker ordered a probe into the role of security men during the violence.
Left Front members, meanwhile, walked out of the Assembly demanding revocation of the suspension of three CPI(M) MLAs after yesterday`s bedlam, saying the members would not apologise or attend the House, a stand described as adamant by the Mamata Banerjee government.
The Assembly turned into a virtual battlefield when ruling Trinamool Congress and Opposition CPI(M) members scuffled and traded blows resulting in injuries to three MLAs, with the Speaker suspending three Marxist members for the remainder of the short winter session.
CPI(M) MLA Gouranga Chatterjee received head injuries. TMC MLA Mahmuda Begum was hit in the chest while party colleague Pulak Roy was injured in the leg. All the three were taken to hospital.
As a majority of the 30-odd legislators of Congress entered the house wearing helmets and holding placards with the inscription "we want to save our heads first", Speaker Biman Banerjee spelt out the rules that wearing of hats or helmets were not permitted inside the house and insisted on their removal. The MLAs then removed the helmets.
The Speaker ordered the inquiry into the role of securitymen during the violence after Parliamentary Affairs and Industry minister Partha Chatterjee raised the issue alleging they remained mute spectators when pandemomium broke out.
The Speaker, who had suspended CPI(M) members Nazmul Haq, Sushanta Besra and Amjad Hossain for unruly behaviour, said as the suspended members did not apologise he could not revoke the suspension on his own.
He said a motion would have to be moved under rule 348 of the assembly rules to know the sense of the house.
The Speaker suggested an all-party meeting be held before the business advisory meet which was rejected by the Left Front members.
Leader of Opposition Suryakanta Mishra belonging to CPI(M) told newspersons "We will carry on with our demonstration outside the House till the suspensions are revoked and action taken against the attackers."
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Bird flu grips nation, Delhi worst affected
- I pay my tribute to martyr Naresh Pal: PM Narendra Modi
- Some people are creating confusion between me and my father: Akhilesh Yadav
- Ramgopal Yadav writes to SP workers after Akhilesh Yadav suspends Shivpal Yadav
- Ramgopal Yadav writes letter to SP party workers after Akhilesh Yadav sacked Shivpal Yadav
- India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI: As it happened...
- This is why Cyrus Mistry was removed as Chairman of Tata Sons!
- Prompt action on border pushes Pak to offer olive branch, says both sides need to 'formalise' 2003 ceasefire
- 7th Pay Commission: Committee on Allowances proposes hike in HRA for central govt employees
- Read letters by Ratan Tata to PM Narendra Modi and Group employees after Cyrus Mistry's ouster