Kolkata: After facing heat from the Left Front for promulgating an Ordinance when the Assembly is in session, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday decided to put a stay on the Singur ordinance.

Seeing the constitutional constraints and fire-breathing opposition, Mamata had to take back the proposed ordinance, sources said.

Now, the first session of the newly-elected West Bengal assembly has been advanced by 12 days to enable the government to adopt a Bill replacing the ordinance to reclaim 400 acres of land at the abandoned Tatamotors project site at Singur. The session will now commence from June 13 instead of June 24.

Giving an argument in this regard, Mamata said that she would have to wait for another six months to get a final approval of the ordinance in the state assembly in case she goes ahead with the ordinance route. But, in view of the upcoming session, the House will table only one Bill which would be passed in the interest of the poor and helpless farmers of Singur.

“We can't waste valuable time and therefore the date of House session has been advanced,” Mamata said.

Evidently, Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced promulgation of the ordinance, signed by Governor M K Narayanan, for reclaiming 400 acres of land at Singur to return to the unwilling farmers. She said the ordinance would be placed in the new House for enactment.

After which the opposition slammed her stating that an ordinance cannot be promulgated with the House in session.
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.”

Mishra added as the Governor has assured to take up the issue seriously the party would decide its next strategy only after his response.

(JPN/ Bureau)