Legislative Council will serve no purpose: Somnath
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 20:46
Kolkata: Both former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and former Assembly speaker H A Halim on Wednesday opposed the plans of the Mamata Banerjee government to revive the Legislative Council in West Bengal.

"No fruitful purpose will be served by the Legislative Council which will entail huge expenditure to the state which is reeling under a financial crisis," Chatterjee told agency adding the move was undertaken to fulfil the election pledge of the Trinamool Congress.

Stating that no council had proved its justification in some states at present, Chatterjee said "It is just an imperial legacy."

Former speaker Hasim Abdul Halim, who was the presiding officer for a record 29 years, also opposed reviving the council saying "there is no use having a second talking shop when the state is in the grip of a financial crisis.

"What is the purpose of reviving the legislative council abolished in 1969 when even the Congress joined the UF government's move? It is lack of practical thought," he said.

The council had proved to be redundant and expensive at that time and it was amazing that the present state government had not yet spelt out the purpose for reviving it, he said.


First Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 20:46

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