Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 11 November
The state Assembly platinum jubilee celebration committee will decide tomorrow whether it would invite the former chief minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, to the concluding ceremony of the platinum jubilee to be held from 4 to 6 December.
Sources said that it had been tentatively decided that the Lok Sabha Speaker, Mrs Meera Kumar, will be present on the first day of the celebration while the President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, will be present on the last day.
Speculations were rife whether the celebration committee would invite the former chief minister.
The Leader of the Opposition, Dr Surya Kanta Mishra, however, said that whatever he had to say on this issue, he would say in the committee’s meeting tomorrow.
It is learnt that last year, during the inaugural ceremony of the state Assembly’s platinum jubilee celebrations, Mr Bhattacharjee was not invited, even though former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and Assembly speaker Hasim Abdul Halim were invited, and they took part in the celebrations.
Earlier, the Speaker, Mr Biman Banerjee, said that these three days would
be included in the winter
But Dr Mishra and Congress Legislative Party leader Md shorab did not agree to that proposal.
They did not want the celebration to be included in the winter session.
Mr Banerjee, however, said that the decision on this issue will be taken unanimously at the meeting to be held tomorrow.
Apart from this discussion, the Speaker will also discuss the proceedings of the house with the Parliamentary Affairs minister, Mr Partha Chatterjee.