Trinamool Congress without office in Parliament
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee is distraught and angry these days. Reason: Six months into UPA’s second innings, TMC, the ruling coalition’s second largest constituent, has not been allotted an office in the Parliament House complex.india Updated: Nov 26, 2009 23:56 IST
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee is distraught and angry these days.
Reason: Six months into UPA’s second innings, TMC, the ruling coalition’s second largest constituent, has not been allotted an office in the Parliament House complex.
Last month, the Parliamentary Housing Committee turned down her request for the allotment of an accommodation adjacent to her New Delhi residence – where she desired to set up the TMC office.
The bungalow that Banerjee had selected – 14 Bishambar Das Marg – was eventually allocated to a BJP Lok Sabha member.
“Lalu Prasad could throw his weight around and had cornered the best privileges for his party and himself. But Banerjee does not believe in arm-twisting tactics,” a TMC leader said on conditions of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The Lok Sabha Speaker allocates office space to political parties on the basis of their strength in Parliament.
The issue has turned tricky because of the refusal of some political parties to vacate offices earlier allocated to them
–despite reduced numbers in the 15th Lok Sabha.
At a meeting with representatives of political parties on Tuesday, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar asked the Shiv Sena and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to vacate their rooms in favour of TMC and Bahujan Samaj Party, respectively.
But the RJD and Shiv Sena are unwilling to vacate,” said Sudip Bandopadhyaya, the TMC representative at the meeting.
“Despite substantially diminished strength, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) occupies one of the largest rooms in Parliament House adjacent to the Prime Minister’s office, while our MPs run helter-skelter,” another TMC member said on condition of anonymity.
“We cannot get involved in a real estate war of this sort. It is for the Speaker to sort out the issues,” he added.
“The Speaker wants a solution in a fair and just manner. Parties concerned have been asked to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution,” an official said.