New Delhi: Leader of Opposition, West Bengal Assembly, Suvesndhu Adhikari on Friday alleged that speaker Biman Banerjee had misused his power to appoint TMC leader Mukul Roy as PAC (Public Accounts Committee) Chairman. Adhikari further said that this was the first time that now leader from the opposition was nominated to the post.
Roy had won the assembly election on a BJP ticket but switched his party after the elections were concluded.
During his appointment, the BJP which is the main opposition party in the assembly staged a walkout.
Roy was named as the TMC’s candidate for the post a few days back.
Adhikari said that an opposition leader has only been appointed according to the norms but the ruling party had missed the law to appoint Roy.
He contested from the Krishnanagar Uttar constituency but rejoined TMC, a party he had left in 2017 on June 11, 2021.
However, he has refused to resign as an MLA despite being asked several times by the BJP.
The veteran leader had been in contact with TMC leaders ever since the state assembly elections concluded and was absent from the West Bengal BJP’s meetings.
The 67-year-old was reportedly upset over his former TMC colleague Suvendhu Adhikari being given importance by BJP. Adhikari had quit TMC and joined BJP before the West Bengal Assembly polls in December 2020.
Adhikari, who was part of Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet and had served as the Minister of Transport in the state government, quit TMC and joined the party on December 19, 2020.
With inputs from PTI