Assembly takes up intolerance debate after Opposition prod

Assembly takes up intolerance debate after Opposition prod
The West Bengal Assembly will hold a discussion on December 16 against the growing intolerance in the country.

The move comes in the wake of a demand for discussion on the issue by Suci MLA Tarun Kanti Naskar and the Left Front.

“In a meeting, the Assembly’s Business Advisory Committee has decided to hold the discussion on intolerance in the second half on December 16. The Speaker has allocated two hours for the discussion,” Naskar said.

The discussion will be initiated under Rule 185 by Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee in the form of an all-party proposal. Following the debate, there is a plan to adopt a unanimous resolution condemning recent instances of intolerance across the country.

Meanwhile, the Congress MLAs on Monday walked out of the Bengal Assembly after the Speaker rejected their adjournment motion over the malnutrition deaths of workers in the north Bengal tea gardens. 

They were soon followed by the Left Front MLAs and the lone BJP MLA, who too were demanding a debate on the issue.

On Monday morning, the Left Front MLAs got down to the well and held demonstration demanding monetary compensation for the deaths of six students of St Xavier’s School, Kishanganj in a road accident at Chakulia in North Dinajpur on December 3.


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