LF, Cong urge TMC govt to prove majority in House

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Kolkata, Dec 31 (PTI) The opposition Left Front and the Congress on Thursday demanded that the TMC government in West Bengal make arrangements to convene an assembly session to prove its majority, amid the growing number of defections from the ruling party to the BJP.

At a joint press meet of the Left and the Congress here, CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty stressed that that the TMC dispensation should come out clear if it still enjoys the support of adequate number of legislators.

'Many ruling party MLAs have told me in private that the government is apparently scared to call an assembly session. They also claimed that governance was getting affected due to the prevailing confusion,' he claimed.

Leader of the opposition and senior Congress member Abdul Mannan, who was also present at the meet, said TMC boss Mamata Banerjee had been insisting that her party did not suffer any major loss, but people in the know have claimed that many more would be leaving her camp soon.

'If your (Mamata Banerjee's) claim is true, please appear for a floor test in Assembly,' he said.

Chakraborty further said that convening an assembly session was necessary at this juncture for passing a resolution against the new agriculture laws, which have sparked nationwide protests by farmers.

He also stated that civic polls are long overdue, but the government wasn't taking necessary measures as it was 'afraid of its outcome'.

'The COVID-19 pandemic can no longer be a reason for the delay as hundreds of people are seen participating in rallies organised by the ruling party, with little regard for social distancing,' the CPI(MLA) added.

Making light of the demand made by the two parties, BJP leader Jaiprakash Majumdar said a floor test, just months before assembly polls, was unnecessary.

'People have already made up their minds to dislodge the TMC government. What is the justification behind asking the CM to prove majority at this stage?' he said. PTI SUS RMS RMS