The governor’s speech is likely to face joint protests from Congress and CPI-M on the first day of the Budget session of the state Assembly on Tuesday. Notwithstanding CPI-M’s Central Committee’s recent decision in Kolkata to give Congress a wide berth, the two parties will continue to co-operate with each other inside the House.
Leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Abdul Mannan will meet leader of the Left Front Legislature Party, Sujan Chakraborty before the session begins tomorrow. Placards and posters denouncing some of the alleged shortcomings of Trinamul Congress state government may greet, governor Kesari Nath Tripathi during his speech.
If the decision of floor co-ordination within the House goes against the Central Committee’s decision to have no truck with the Congress, the CPI-M leadership seems not to consider it at the moment.
Leader of the Left Front Legislature Party (LFLP), Sujan Chakraborty came to Mr Mannan’s chamber during the day.
The placards and posters are likely to be supplied by LFLP, sources stated. Earlier, the leader of the Opposition had said Congress Legislative Party (CLP) has no hang-ups in floor co-ordination with the CPI-M led LFLP.
After all, an united Oppoisition had often caught the Treasury benches on the wrong foot over various issues. Both the Congress and Left MLAs had staged successive walkouts in the previous session.
The Opposition legislators walking into the well of the House and strewing the red carpet with torn Assembly papers had become a common sight.
Things had come to such a pass when marshals and other staff of the House had tried to remove the leader of the Opposition from the floor of the Assembly on the Speaker’s direction, they had to overcome the ressistance from both Congress and Left members.
Even chief minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed her displeasure at the succession of walkouts and stay-in demonstrations outside the House which had disrupted the functioning of the House.
In this backdrop, both the Congress and the Left are loath to give up an opportunity of joint protest against what the Opposition considers the plan of action of the Treasury benches not to take any criticism of the government’s shortcomings.