Speaker urges TMC members to question state govt

29 May 2017

West Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee today urged Trinamool Congress (TMC) members to not only praise the government, but also question it during an Assembly session for effective functioning of the government.

In his thanksgiving speech at the concluding day of the session, Banerjee said that he was particularly happy at the TMC members questioning ministers and making them uncomfortable. The Speaker said that this was required for the effective functioning of government and added that their job is not just praising the government.

As the Opposition Left Front and the Congress MLAs boycotted the House since morning today, Banerjee said it was their duty to stay present in the Assembly as they have been sent as people's representatives. Banerjee said that the Opposition has a role to play in preserving the democratic character of the Assembly and staying outside the House was not desired, so they should return.

The Speaker also said that the number of questions raised by the Opposition should increase.