Left Front to boycott Assembly Platinum Jubilee celebrations
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 17:44
  
Kolkata: Charging the ruling Trinamool Congress of misbehaving with opposition MLAs on the floor of the House and destroying democratic set up in the state, the Left Front is all set to boycott the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Assembly.

"Tomorrow all MLAs of the four Left parties are going to boycott the platinum jubilee celebrations," a Forward Bloc leader who attended today's Left Front meeting, told a news agency.

"The LF legislature party will meet the speaker rpt speaker tomorrow and submit a memorandum stating their concerns, the misbehaviour of ruling MLAs and destruction of democratic set up. The Left legislature party will boycott the celebrations,"RSP state secretary Khisti Goswami told the agency.

A sharp division within the Left Front had earlier come to the fore after the CPI and RSP advocated in favour of joining the celebrations and utilise the three-day long special session to voice the Opposition's concerns in the House, and the CPI(M) and Forward Bloc shared the opinion of not attending the celebrations.

The matter was slated to be decided in today's LF meeting.

Though the Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra had said the matter would be decided in the LF meeting, Front chairman Biman Bose said after the meet that the Left Front legislature party would take a final call.

"We were in favour of joining the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Being the main opposition if we don't join the celebrations, it will send a wrong message as several important people like the President and the Lok Sabha Speaker will be attending the program," Goswami said.

"But it is only due to internal democracy within the Left Front that we have been able to register our difference of opinion," he said.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the West Bengal Assembly would be held from December 4 to 6, which would be attended by President Pranab Mukherjee and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

"If they (Left legislature party) want to talk to me, I am ready. But it will be really unfortunate if they decide to boycott the program," Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee said.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, December 03, 2013, 17:44


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