It may be recalled that Mitra had announced the Sabuj Sathi project worth Rs 800 crore by which 40 lakh bicycles were given to the students from classes IX to XII in state run, sponsored or aided schools.
25 lakh cycles have already been distributed and the remaining 15 lakh cycles will be distributed within the next couple of months. The business lobby is waiting anxiously for any announcement in the housing and IT sectors.
The Assembly will begin on Friday with the Governor’s speech. This will be followed by discussion on his speech from Monday. The Congress and Left held joint press conference and said violence would be the main issue. Trinamool Congress has unleashed a reign of terror and no steps have yet been taken by the state government to curb the violence, Sujan Chakraborty said. He further said that the price of essential commodities were going up and the Centre had hiked the price of petrol and diesel and was trying to bring their price at par resulting in sky rocketing of the prices of essential commodities which had reached beyond the means of common people. The Opposition demanded a discussion on these issues. Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay said he would look into their demand.
It was very clear that both Congress and Left Front’s main issue of the Opposition would be violence. Though the Opposition has only 76 MLAs, many of them are well adept with the laws and by laws of Assembly. Besides, Abdul Mannan, a veteran leader of Congress, there will be Manas Bhuniya, Asit Mitra, Abu Hena and Manoj Chakraborty.
The Left has Sujan Chakraborty, former CPI(M) MP as the leader of Left Legislative party along with Ashok Bhattacharya and Anisur Rahaman, former Urban development and Animal Resources development ministers and Biswanath Chowdhury, former social welfare minister. The CPI(M) has 26 MLAs while RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI have three, two and one MLA respectively.