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TMC should seek public opinion to rename West Bengal: Congress

Mannan refused to comment on the BJP’s opposition to changing the name of the state.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 5, 2016 1:25:25 am

The Trinamool Congress government should seek public opinion regarding its decision to rename West Bengal as it was a sensitive issue, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Abdul Mannan said on Thursday.

“The state government should seek public opinion on the matter of name change. Although there is no such provision of seeking a public consensus on a particular issue, the state government should discuss the matter with all political parties and mass organisations to have an opinion on the subject,” Manna said, talking to reporters here.

“The name of a state has a lot of sentiments for the citizens associated with it. They should take their opinion instead of making a decision on the matter in a whimsical manner,” he added.

Mannan, however, refused to comment on the BJP’s opposition to changing the name of the state.

The state cabinet had recently decided to rename the state as Bengal after its earlier proposal of ‘Paschim Bango’, made in 2011, was vetoed by the Centre.

Referring to a letter submitted by him to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on July 26, where he had alleged discriminatory policy by the state government in terms of selecting representatives from the Opposition parties in its different committees, Mannan said the CM had reverted with only a one-line reply.

“In her reply she has only said ‘I have received your letter’. We did not want a receipt acknowledgement from the CM. We had sought an assurance that she would look into the matter and understand our problems. The reply shows her arrogance,” he said.

Mannan said his party was planning to meet Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi and discuss the matter with him.

“She talks a lot about democracy and the federal structure but in reality, doesn’t believe in those. As the specials session of the Assembly begins on August 26, our MLAs will launch a sit-in demonstration in front of the statue of B R Ambedkar on the Vidhan Sabha premises,” he said.

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“Our MLAs will also take part in a ‘march to Nabanna’, the date and time of which would be decided later,” the Congress leader said.

During an all-party meeting convened on August 18, Mannan said he would request the CM to extend the Assembly session by two more days to discuss issues such as the outbreak of dengue or the flood-like situation in north Bengal.

“People are terrified of dengue. People from outside of Bengal are hesitant to come here. Medical records are also being tweaked. Even deaths due to dengue are being recorded under a different reason of death,” Mannan said.

The Leader of Opposition further said from September onwards, the party would hold a protest movement against the CM at every place she goes to conduct administrative meetings.

“She misleads people by using the administrative platform to campaign for her party and inaugurating projects which see little or no progress later. The chief minister intends to rid the state of all the Opposition parties,” he alleged, adding that the MLAs from the Left Front would also be requested to join the protest.

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