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Budget session on July 27: Mamata

Calcutta, July 6: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today said an extended budget session of the Assembly would start on July 27 to pass the departmental budgets.

“They have announced July 29 as the date for counting votes. Why? Every government has to get its budget passed before a scheduled period. Did they consult us? Bujhte parchhen amake ki bhabe jalachchhe (You can understand how they are nettling me)?” Mamata said at a panchayat poll campaign rally in south Barasat today.

“We will hold the session on July 27. Kichhu jaye aase na (It hardly matters),” she added.

The chief minister, however, did not mention the state election commission.

By July 31, the government will have to either clear the departmental budgets or seek a vote-on-account to draw money from the consolidated fund of the state.

“If the budget cannot be passed on time, I won’t be able to pay salaries. The government may have to go for a vote-on-account. Why should an elected government not get a full budget? Have they thought about this even once?” Mamata said.

A section of Trinamul leaders feel the House cannot be reconvened as long as the poll process is on.

“I spoke to the Speaker late this afternoon and requested him to reconvene the session on July 27,” parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee told The Telegraph.

Speaker Biman Banerjee said Assembly rules did not stand in the way of reconvening the session before the results of the panchayat polls were announced.

“But I am concerned because of some practical problems. There might not be a quorum if the number of MLAs attending the House is less than 30. Since many MLAs are from faraway districts, they may not be able to come on July 27,” he said.