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Surjya: no notice of House advance

Calcutta, June 13: CPM leader Surjya Kanta Mishra today complained to the governor that none of his party’s MLAs had received the customary notice informing them that the Assembly had been reconvened ahead of schedule.

“I am aware of it, I am aware of it. Now let me read my address,” M.K. Narayanan told Mishra, the leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.

Addressing a news conference later, Mishra, however, said two members of the Opposition had received the notice. “I got a copy of the notice when I reached my Assembly office this morning. The rest were informed over the phone. It didn’t matter to them (the government) who got the notice and who did not,” he said.

Mishra said industries minister Partha Chatterjee had called him up on Friday to inform him that the House would be reconvened on Monday instead of June 24, as earlier scheduled.

“I was on my way to Hyderabad when I got a call from Partha Chatterjee. I told him that if the governor had agreed to such a proposal, then it had to be done. But I told Chatterjee that the way you (the government) are doing all this, how will your cabinet members get the summons notice, let alone the (other) members?” Mishra said.

He said he had sent a text message to Chatterjee saying “all rules would be broken” if the governor’s address was advanced from June 24 to June 13. “I had suggested that an all-party meeting and a business advisory committee meeting be held before the governor’s address. At least, this was done,” the former health minister said.

Mishra said that according to Article 176 of the Constitution, the governor’s address to the new House must be held on the same day that the Speaker is elected.

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