Sections of Governor`s speech violate poll code: Trinamool

Trinamool Congress claimed that certain sections of Governor M K Narayanan`s address in the West Bengal Assembly violated the model code of conduct.

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011, 21:10 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Thursday claimed
that certain sections of Governor M K Narayanan`s address in
the West Bengal Assembly violated the model code of conduct
and said the matter had been brought to the notice of the
state`s Chief Electoral Officer.

"In our view, certain sections of the Governor`s speech
were violative of the model code of conduct. We met the CEO
Sunil Gupta today and brought this to his notice," Leader of
the Opposition in the Assembly, Partha Chatterjee told
reporters here.

He, however, did not specify which sections of the speech
violated the model code of conduct.

Chatterjee, who was accompanied by Trinamool Congress
state president Subrata Bakshi, told Gupta that state
government was also trying to pass the financial statements in
the House along with the vote on account.

"We told the CEO that the government did the same thing
while presenting a vote on account in the state Assembly in
1996," Chatterjee said.

The Governor`s speech, he said, was full of "untruths" and
"half-truths".

"The speech was prepared by the government and so the
Governor could not read out a factual report. Only a
government which has no accountability can prepare such a
statement."

Trinamool Congress Legislature Party would meet the
Governor and request him to use his "own machinery" to find
out the veracity of the information provided in his speech, he
said.

Chatterjee said Trinamool Congress MLAs would protest
against the Governor`s speech during the debate in the House.
Asked if his party would protest jointly with the
Congress and SUCI, he said, "We will tell all the parties,
including the Congress, about our protest."

Earlier, CLP leader Abu Hena said there was no mention
in the speech of the deteriorating law and order situation in
the state.

"There is no mention of the number of people killed in
the past one year in various places of the state, including
Netai," he said.

Stating that the state government had incurred a debt of
Rs two lakh crore and was unable to pay salaries to its
employees, he said these had not been mentioned in the speech.

"Most of the fundings mentioned for various projects,
has been done by the Centre, but this was cleverly avoided in
the Governor`s speech," he said.

In reply to a question, Hena said that Congress, however,
would allow the vote on account to be passed as otherwise,
government salaries would be held up.

PTI