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Suvendu Adhikari, other BJP MLAs meet Bengal Governor over Mukul Roy's appointment as PAC chief

Bhartiya Janata Party MLA Suvendu Adhikari with party leaders come out of Raj Bhawan after meeting West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, in Kolkata on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)Premium
Bhartiya Janata Party MLA Suvendu Adhikari with party leaders come out of Raj Bhawan after meeting West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, in Kolkata on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

  • Adhikari said Roy should no longer be considered a member of the saffron camp, and his elevation as PAC chairman defies the well-established norm of appointing an opposition leader to the post

Suvendu Adhikari, Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, met state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar today, seeking his intervention in MLA Mukul Roy's appointment as the chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC), maintaining that norms were not followed.

Adhikari stated that Roy, who switched over to the ruling TMC after winning the assembly polls on a BJP ticket, should no longer be considered a member of the saffron camp, and his elevation as PAC chairman defies the well-established norm of appointing an opposition leader to the post.

On 11 June, Roy and his son Subhranshu Roy joined TMC in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This came a month after the TMC secured a landslide victory in the West Bengal Assembly elections.

Claiming that the TMC wants to be its own judge, Adhikari alleged that the ruling party has ensured that its member gets chosen as the chief of PAC a panel that keeps a tab on government expenses to hide "questionable" pursuits.

"We met the governor and sought his intervention as he is the custodian of the Constitution," Adhikari, who led a delegation of BJP MLAs to Raj Bhavan, told reporters.

8 BJP MLAs resign from Assembly standing committees

Earlier in the day, eight BJP MLAs resigned as heads of Assembly panels in protest against Roy's appointment.

These MLAs including Mihir Goswami, Manoj Tigga and Krishna Kalyani. "They have tendered resignations from the Chairmanship of the Assembly Committees and Standing Committees of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly with immediate effect from July 9, 2021 as per the direction of their party," BJP officials said.

The leader of opposition further said that his party wishes to meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and submit memoranda "describing how democracy is being throttled by the TMC in West Bengal with post-poll violence and unfair practices in the assembly".

He pointed out that Roy's name did not figure in the list of six MLAs given by the BJP for the PAC chairman's post.

The BJP had been seeking disqualification of Roy as a legislator under the anti-defection law, arguing that he changes sides after his election to the assembly.

Adhikari said that the hearing of the BJP's application for Roy's disqualification is scheduled to be held before the Speaker on July 16.

Claiming that the by-polls should not be conducted in the state until the process of vaccination is over, the BJP leader said the TMC, however, is "worried" as Banerjee needs to get elected to the assembly to retain the CM's chair.

Adhikari defeated Banerjee in Nandigram by 1,956 votes, according to the Election Commission.

Banerjee has moved a petition before the Calcutta High Court challenging Adhikari's win.

With agency inputs

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