The Congress Legislature party will stage a demonstration in the Assembly House on August 26 demanding extension of the session. The Assembly will meet to condole the death of Mahasweta Devi on August 26 and there will be a two-day discussion on the proposal to change the name of West Bengal on August 29 and 30.
Abdul Mannan, leader of Opposition said there should be discussion on key issues like dengue and flood where the state government had failed miserably. The outbreak of dengue takes place every year and the state government and the civic bodies do nothing, resulting in the death of many people. Nine people have already died in the state.
Mannan said the prices of essential commodities are going up and the state government had become a mute spectator. No initiative has been taken to control prices. He alleged that in state run hospitals poor people were not getting free of cost and there was acute shortage of doctors.
“These issues are important and discussion in the Assembly should be held,” he maintained.
Calling Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee “a dictator” he said CLP would write a letter to her requesting
her to extend the session so that discussions on these issues were held. “As the state government is scared of the Opposition, it has deliberately shortened the Assembly session,” he alleged.
He said it would be wrong to think that as the Opposition MLAs were few in number so they were ineffective. “The Chief Minister is dodging the Assembly session and we are not going to tolerate this,” he maintained.