Congress, CPM absent from all-party meet

Partha alleged that Congress and CPM MLAs are very vocal in front of the media, on whom they are “pinning their hopes of being relevant”.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:December 1, 2016 1:35 am
CONGRESS, CPM, BENGAL Assembly, vidhan sabha, partha chatterjee, indian express news, india news, kolkata news Trinamool general secretary and minister Partha Chatterjee.

Two major Opposition parties – the Congress and CPM – stayed away from the all-party meeting convened in the state Assembly by the Speaker on Wednesday, ahead of the five-day session on December 2.

TMC leader and MLA Partha Chatterjee said the Congress and CPM had not attended the meeting on “flimsy grounds”.

“They had formed an irresponsible alliance during the Assembly elections, and after losing badly in the polls, they have lost their minds as well. This meeting was not convened by the Trinamool Congress. It is a meeting called by the Speaker. By not attending the meeting, they have insulted the Assembly,” he said.

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He alleged that Congress and CPM MLAs are very vocal in front of the media, on whom they are “pinning their hopes of being relevant”.

“People of society have disowned them, and they are only active in front of reporters. If they put up a public meeting, there will not be 10 persons there,” he added.

Once again criticising the Centre’s demonetisation policy, he said another bigger crisis was awaiting with the beginning of a fresh month.
“We hope the Rs 14 lakh crore which had been removed from the market in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations would be replenished with enough low denomination notes so that there would be no problem to the common man.

“After the session begins on December 2, there will be a discussion for 2 hours 30 minutes on December 5 on the issue,” Chatterjee said.

The TMC MLA said no new bills would be passed in the Assembly this session, and only 13 amendment bills would be passed. The TMC leader parried questions on the newborn trafficking racket that was recently busted by the CID, saying the matter was being investigated, and it would be premature to comment on it.

BJP MLAs, however, were present at the all-party meeting.