Kolkata: Hailing the decision of the West Bengal government to promulgate a Bill instead of an Ordinance over Singur row in the state assembly, Finance Minister Pranab Minister called Mamata’s initiative a good decision.

The Finance Minister was speaking to the reporters before leaving for his Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in Murshidabad district.

Mukherjee’s statement came as a great help to Mamata Banerjee who has been facing severe criticism from opposition for announcing an ordinance to reclaim the 400 acre at Singur, in wake of an ongoing session.

Notably, the Chief Minister had on Thursday announced an ordinance for reclaim of 400 acre of land at the abandoned Tata Motors site in Singur, for farmers who had unwillingly parted with it.

However, after facing protests from Left Front on Friday she had said that the government would table the Land Reclamation Bill in the assembly session, which has been advanced to June 13 from June 24.

On Friday, a delegation led by the Leader of Opposition Suryakant Mishra met Governor M K Narayanan and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

Questioning the constitutional authority of the state government to promulgate Ordinance, he said, “The monsoon session is to begin from June 24. In this situation, the government cannot take any important decision be promulgating an Ordinance. Only the House can take any decision constitutionally when the session is on.”

Cabinet meet called on ‘Singur Bill’

The West Bengal CM has convened a cabinet meet on June 13 a day before the commencement of the assembly session to discuss the ‘Singur Bill’, which will be tabled in the monsoon session.

The monsoon session will continue from June 14-24 and will mark a landmark win for the Mamata government if passed in the assembly.

Notably, the Left Front opposition has slammed the state government for wrongly promulgating an ordinance in the assembly when already a session was in working.

JPN/Bureau