Kolkata: Going by her words, Mamata government proposed a motion for reviving Legislative Council in the state legislature on Tuesday. The motion was presented before the House by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee.

After the introduction of the motion in the House, Mamata Banerjee said she could have easily passed the proposal as her government has two-third majority in Vidhan Sabha but she wants to give full opportunity to the Opposition for presenting their views.

She argued that by reviving Legislative Council she wants to get the support of intellectuals and people from various fields for the development of the state.

She also announced the formation of a 15-member committee which will submit its report in six weeks. After considering the committee’s recommendations, the motion would be ratified in the state legislature and then it would be forwarded to Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for their approval.

To discuss the setting up of the committee, West Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay has invited the Opposition leader Surya Kant Mishra on Wednesday.

However, Mishra has rejected the idea for revival of the Legislative Council stating it would unnecessarily burden the state with an annual expenditure of Rs 100 crore. He said the matter was much discussed and rejected by constitutional experts.

Meanwhile, the Left parties had already made their mind on Monday to oppose the motion in the House.

Notably, almost four decades back, the WB Legislative Council was abolished by the then government. At present, states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka along with some other states have Legislative Council.


(JPN/Bureau)