Kolkata: Amidst the Opposition walkout, the West Bengal Land Acquisition Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011 was passed by the state assembly in the absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

While speaking to media, Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra said, “Despite request, the Chief Minister, who is also in-charge of the land department, was conspicuous by her absence in the assembly session when the bill was passed. Thus, we walked out of the session in protest.” 

"The Bill is sensitive in nature and the Opposition has every right to question the CM in this regard,” State's former Land and Land Revenue Minister Abdur Razzak Mollah said.

The Opposition greeted uproar, the moment Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee presented the West Bengal Land Acquisition Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011, signed by CM Mamata Banerjee.

"The Chief Minister authorised her minister to present the Bill, signed by her, but it is not accepted by the Opposition," CPI(M) MLA, Molla said.

After the walkout, the Opposition started protesting in the Assembly against the Bill and then finally the West Bengal Land Acquisition Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2011 was passed under the voice-voting.

Partha Chatterjee said, “In 1997 the Left had tried to implement the Bill, but due to some flaws in it, court rejected it. In six months, the government corrected the shortcomings in the Bill and presented it in the assembly. Five thousand people received the legitimate right to receive compensation after the Bill was passed.”

(JPN/Bureau)