With the CPM representatives failing to turn up at a meeting scheduled today,the contention over which party will be the official Opposition party in the state assembly remained unresolved.
Both the Congress (with 40 elected MLAs) and the CPM-led Left Front (having won 62 assembly seats) have demanded the Opposition party status. The CPM alone has 39 MLAs in the state assembly.
Earlier,Speaker Biman Banerjee had convened a meeting between the two sides to amicably settle the issue. He,however,had to adjourn the meeting after CPM chief Surya Kant Mishra could not attend the meet due to some party programme.
In case the two sides continue to be at loggerheads,the Speaker will hold the discretion to resolve the matter.
Congress Legislative Party chief Mohammed Sohrab,who did turn up for the meeting,later said they have already placed their submission before the Speaker and would leave it to his discretion to decide on the contentious issue,which,Banerjee said,could not be resolved before September 15,as he was leaving for Johannesburg for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting.
Meanwhile,the business advisory committee meeting,during the day,decided that the state assembly would meet for four days from Monday and no unofficial bill or discussion would be allowed during the short session.
The CPM had demanded that at least one day be kept to hold a non-official discussion on the Darjeeling situation and also on the price-rise issue in the state. The Speaker,however,turned down the request,saying it would not be possible to allot a day in such a short session. The House meets on Monday.
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