Kolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have now clashed over the nomination filing of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman post in West Bengal Assembly.
With TMC leader Mukul Roy filing his nomination for the post, Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari who had also filed his nomination demanded immediate disqualification of the MLA post of Mukul Roy as he had won from BJP’s symbol.
“We demand immediate disqualification of Mukul Roy’s MLA post. We will come and hear what Speaker Biman Bandhopadhyay has to say regarding this on July 16,” said Suvendu.
Along with Suvendu a total of six BJP MLAs have filed their nomination for the post and BJP demanded that if anyone from BJP is not selected for this post then the saffron camp will boycott all the committees in West Bengal Assembly.
“We want Ashok Lahiri to become the chairman of PAC. Even if he is not made then someone from the BJP should be made the chairman of PAC or else the BJP will boycott all the committees in the House,” mentioned Suvendu.
Notably, apart from Suvendu Adhikari, Ashok Lahiri, Vivekananda Bauri, Bankim Chandra Ghosh, Ambika Roy and Nikhil Dey had also filed their nominations.
Meanwhile, slamming the BJP, TMC MLA Tapas Roy stated that the absolute discretion is on the Speaker and also that the Speaker will decide what is right.
“Suvendu Adhikari has just become LoP he should learn the rules first before maligning anyone. The Speaker will decide on the subject soon,” said Roy.
Speaker Biman Bandhopadhyay claimed that in keeping with the constitution the decision will be taken.
However, according to several poll analysts normally the PAC chairman post is given to the opposition and even if Mukul Roy is chosen as the PAC chairman then he will represent the saffron camp as he is the MLA of BJP.
It can be recalled that on June 4 the BJP claimed that their MLA from Balurghat Ashok Lahiri is likely to become chairman of PAC in West Bengal Assembly. According to BJP sources the name of Mukul Roy is also heard in the race as he was in the saffron camp then.
According to West Bengal Assembly sources, total 19 names have been submitted for the post of PAC chairman and TMC government has submitted total 13 names including Mukul Roy.