Kolkata: The Education Bill, scheduled to be placed in the West Bengal Assembly on Friday, was deferred after the Congress and the Left dubbed it as “anti-people”, although the government said the bill was deferred only to allow more time to the Opposition to study it.
State education minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters that The West Bengal Universities and Colleges (administration and Regulation) bill, 2016 would be introduced later in order to give more time to the Opposition to go through the bill.
He said the bill would be placed later in the same spirit and pointed out that there were a few printing mistakes in it. Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan described the bill as “anti-people” and said it was aimed at increasing state government control over colleges and universities. Apart from this there are a lot of discrepancies in the bill,” he claimed.
Leader of Left Front legislature party Sujan Chakrabarty said that the government had to backtrack in the face of public pressure.
A senior TMC leader on condition of anonymity said, “There are some reservations regarding the bill and the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was informed about it”.