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8 BJP MLAs quit as House panel heads, Suvendu seeks Governor’s intervention

After meeting Dhankhar, Adhikari said Roy, who returned to the ruling TMC after winning the Assembly polls on a BJP ticket, must not be considered a member of the Opposition party.

Suvendu Adhikari, Mukul RoyBJP MLAs led by Leader of Opposition in Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari interact with the media after meeting the Governor to lodge their protest against Mukul Roy being appointed as the PAC chairman (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Hours after eight BJP legislators on Tuesday resigned as heads of various state Assembly panels in protest against MLA Mukul Roy’s appointment as the chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari led them to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, and sought his intervention in the matter.

The BJP leader told the governor that the ruling party did not follow the “well-established” convention of appointing a legislator from the main Opposition party the chairperson of the PAC, which audits the government’s accounts. He pointed out that Roy’s name did not feature in the list of six MLAs BJP had submitted for nomination to the panel.

After meeting Dhankhar, Adhikari said Roy, who returned to the ruling TMC after winning the Assembly polls on a BJP ticket, must not be considered a member of the Opposition party.

“The ruling party does not want the Opposition to know about the discrepancies in its accounts. That’s why they selected someone to the post who joined the ruling party …” said Adhikari.

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(With PTI inputs)

First published on: 13-07-2021 at 18:36 IST
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