July 7, 2012 12:19:27 am
Left Front MLAs abstained from attending the celebration of the birth anniversary of former CM Jyoti Basu in the Assembly advanced from Sunday to Friday by the state government.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,who,along with Speaker Biman Banerjee,were among those who offered flowers at Basus portrait,said the Left Front members had not shown courtesy to a great leader belonging to the CPM.
Leader of Opposition Surya Kant Mishra,belonging to the CPM,said Jyoti Basus birthday would be observed on the original date of July 8. LF members had earlier abstained from attending the birthday observation of the first state CM Bidhan Chandra Roy in the Assembly on June 29,though his actual date of birth was July 1,a Sunday. Tributes were also paid to Hindu Mahasabha founder Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in the House on his birthday.
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