The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed the government to file an affidavit on a PIL challenging the legality of creating the new posts of Parliamentary Secretaries for the MLAs.
The government had got a Bill passed in Assembly in December last paving the way for the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries who enjoy the status and get perks of that of a Minister of State. In January,the debt-ridden government appointed 13 of its MLAs to the post.
Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee,the counsel of the petitioner,argued that the state government can appointment a maximum of 44 ministers as per the Constitutionally mandated 15 per cent of the total seats. But by appointing Parliamentary Secretaries who enjoy status of a minister,the government has violated the legal provision.
The case will come up for hearing after six weeks.
TMC student wing joins hold college poll chorus
Amid the growing clamour for holding the students union elections in college that have been halted by the state government in the wake of the violence in Garden Reach,the student wing of the ruling Trinamool Congress TMCCP on Thursday said that they too want the elections to be held soon in the colleges. We will appeal to the Higher Education minister by end of March when the school exams are over to start the election process, said TMCCP state president Sankhu Deb Panda,adding election is crucial for democratic process.
Meanwhile,CPM-backed SFI said they are going to launch a massive protest against the state government ,if the students union elections are not allowed.
Madhuja Sen Roy,state president of SFI,said: We will sent a deputation to the CM soon after the HS examination is over on March 22 demanding immediate students union election.