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Mamata plans to revive Legislative Council in Bengal

PTI   Kolkata, May 13, 2011
First Published: 23:31 IST(13/5/2011) | Last Updated: 23:33 IST(13/5/2011)

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is planning to revive the West Bengal Legislative Council after her party and ally Congress secured a resounding victory in the assembly elections.

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"We will form the Legislative Council. I will talk to union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in this regard when he arrives in Kolkata on Saturday," Banerjee said.

Party insiders said the Trinamool chief was mulling the creation of Upper House, essentially to accommodate civil society members who have been backing her against the Left Front government since the Singur and Nandigram days.

On 21 March 1969, a resolution was passed by the West Bengal Legislative Assembly for the abolition of the Legislative Council.

Subsequently, the Parliament passed the West Bengal Legislative Council (Abolition) Act, 1969 abolishing the Legislative Council with effect from 1 August 1969.


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