Kolkata: In an effort to fulfill her commitments made during the Assembly polls, the West Bengal government has categorically said that the formation of state Legislative Council will start soon.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee has said the constitutional formalities for the creation of Upper House will be completed during the monsoon session of the Assembly in June.

Chatterjee said, “The monsoon session of the Lower House will be commencing from June 24. After electing the Deputy Speaker on June 27, the proceedings would start.” On the same day, Assembly Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay will preside over the meeting of business advisory committee, he said.

“Initial talks to discuss the routine of Assembly proceedings have been held with the Opposition leader Suryakant Mishra, Congress leader Abu Hena and other leaders of Left Front. If required, we may hold meeting with the Opposition leaders in this regard,” he said, adding: “Government wants to work in coordination with everybody.”

The Legislative Council was abolished in the West Bengal in the 60s. The Trinamool Congress chief Mamata before elections had declared for the creation of Legislative Council.

After Banerjee’s swearing-in as Bengal Chief Minister, the government has decided to gear up the process of forming the Upper House.

According to the sources, the state government will have to make amendment in the Abolition Act formulated during the then government so as to bring changes in the rules.

JPN/Bureau