Congress MLA and Opposition leader Abdul Mannan at a press conference on Friday said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should come out with a white paper on the recent incidents of extortion that were reported across the state. “Once the state comes out with a white paper, the picture will be clearer to all. Just like there are charts of criminals, this white paper would bring to the fore all the extortionists,” Mannan said.
Reiterating the allegation of discriminatory attitude towards Opposition MLAs, he said that MLAs in Malda district were not being allowed to function, and that the state government was not extending enough help for flood victims in Malda. “The ruling Trinamool Congress does not have any MP or MLA from Malda. That is why the state government is neglecting the flood problem there,” he said.
Referring to the weekly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting — the fourth one after the committee was formed — he said that no Opposition MLAs other than committee chairman Manas Bhunia had been present at the meeting, which had lasted for over an hour on Friday. Speaking about action against Tushar Kanti Bhattacharya, the party MLA from Bishnupur in Bankura who had defected to the TMC during the July 21 Martrys’ Day event, Mannan said, “He will be sent a showcause notice tomorrow, and will be asked to reply within seven days.”
Mannan said that after August 15, a demonstration would be put up at Y Channel in central Kolkata against the misrule of the state government, and that they were also in talks with the Left parties, mulling the possibility of a joint movement.