Nandigram issue: Trinamool, Cong stage walk-out
The police firing in Nandigram on March 14 last year that had claimed 14 lives rocked the West Bengal Assembly on Friday with the Opposition staging noisy walk-out on being disallowed by the Speaker to observe two-minute silence in the House in memory of the victims.
When the House assembled for the day, Trinamool Congress members, led by Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee, demanded that they be allowed to make the obituary reference, but Speaker Halim said it would be taken up after question hour.
Halim then began the question hour, but the Trinamool Congress members walked out shouting slogans and reassembled just as the question hour was about to end.
After question hour, Halim asked Congress Legislature Party leader Manas Bhuinya to make his obituary reference.
In his reference, Bhuinya demanded Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's statement on steps taken to punish the guilty police officers and CPI(M) activists and called upon members of the house to observe two-minute silence in memory of the victims of the firing.
When the Speaker turned down the request for observing silence, the Congress members walked out of the House.
On being asked by the Speaker to make his obituary reference, Leader of Opposition Partha Chatterjee said if the Chief Minister had the courage to face the House, he should have been present. He also called for a two-minute silence in the House in memory of the victims, but Halim disallowed it.
TC members, along with lone SUCI member Debaprasad Sarkar, then walked out of the House for the day.
Halim later told the House he had turned down proposals for the two-minute silence as it was not a practice in the West Bengal Assembly to pay homage to victims of clashes.