Kolkata: The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Opposition in West Bengal Assembly failed to cash in on the several controversial issues including hooch tragedy and AMRI firing incident in cornering the Mamata Banerjee government during the Winter Session.

However, the Opposition created a pandemonium in the House over the AMRI Hospital incident and Hooch tragedy claiming 94 and 175 lives respectively.

Despite Opposition’s uproar in the House, the state government managed to transact several legislative businesses and passed 10 bills during the small stint of 13 days of the Winter Session.

On contrary, the state government had mounted pressure on the Opposition by blaming them for their alleged involvement in AMRI Hospital incident and hooch tragedy. The government move irked the Opposition parties.

Lashing out at the government, the Opposition stalled the business of the House following which no discussions could take place on burning issues like problem of farmers and inflation.

The Opposition raised the issues of farmer suicide and Minimum Support Price (MSP), but failed to hold discussion in House on the issue.

Clarifying her stand on AMRI fire incident, Mamata assured the House to provide compensations next to kin of the victims.

Several bills including amendment to Health Services, Staff Selection Commission and the Land Acquisition were passed in the Assembly.

In her absence, Public Health Engineering Minister Subrata Mukherjee and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee introduced the bill in house.

The controversial Land Acquisition Bill could not pass in the House due to technical reasons. Despite the stern opposition from the Left Front, the West Bengal University Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011 was passed.

Mamata attested the Partha Chatterjee’s statement blaming the CPM for their alleged involvement in AMRI incident and hooch tragedy.

JPN/Bureau