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Congress MLAs stage walkout

Calcutta, July 1: Congress MLAs today walked out of the Assembly when their adjournment motion demanding a discussion on Trinamul MP Tapas Paul’s inflammatory speech was not allowed to be tabled.

Congress MLA Asit Mitra urged Speaker Biman Banerjee to allow him to table the motion after the question-answer session and demanded a statement from the chief minister on the Trinamul MP’s speech against workers of Opposition parties.

Speaker Banerjee disallowed the motion, following which the Congress MLAs shouted slogans and walked out.

Later, they demonstrated in the Assembly lobby for over half an hour, demanding Paul’s arrest.

The Nadia president of the BJP’s Mahila Morcha, Jaya Sarkar, today lodged a police complaint against Paul, saying people in the district were feeling “insecure” after the Trinamul’s MP speech. Urging the police to treat her complaint as an FIR, Sarkar demanded that Paul be arrested immediately.

Nadia police chief Arnab Ghosh, who joined the post yesterday, said three complaints had been received against Paul so far — one from Sarkar and one each from the CPM’s women’s wing and the CPI(ML).

Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said in the Assembly lobby that the CPM would lodge complaints in police stations across the state, demanding Paul’s arrest.

State BJP president Rahul Sinha said his party would send a CD of Paul’s speech to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, demanding “action against the Trinamul MP”. “As a parliamentarian, Paul is answerable to the Lok Sabha Speaker,” he said.

At Alimuddin Street, CPM state secretary Biman Bose too demanded Paul’s arrest and appealed to Speaker Mahajan that the Trinamul MP’s Parliament membership be cancelled.

The CPM said it would not urge people to boycott Paul’s films.