Update: Abdul Mannan is currently recovering in ICU. The bill to seek prevention of vandalization of properties or the Property Damage Bill has been passed through voice votes. Minister Partha Chattopadhyay said that Mannan behaved unparliamentary in the House and the bill was opposed at various instances. This bill is to protect the properties of the common man.
Kolkata: Congress MLA Abdul Mannan was suspended for two days by Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay for altercation over the Property Damage Bill in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. However, Mannan refused to comply with the suspension order and leave the premises. Opposition leaders surrounded him, leading to a huge pandemonium in the House.
Mannan fell ill amidst the chaos and was evicted by Marshall. Later, he was rushed to SSKM hospital. Congress-CPM MLAs staged a walkout in protest of the incident. Some properties were also damaged in the confrontation.
Opposition MLAs held protest rallies around Vidhan Sabha and also sat on a dharna.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the incident and warned that such indiscipline in the Assembly will not be tolerated henceforth. Three TMC MLAs also visited a recuperating Mannan on Mamata’s insistence.
On Wednesday, Mannan digged up a 2006 instance of vandalism by then opposition party TMC. He demanded compensation for the losses. He was instructed to drift from raising such controversial topics, to which he refused. This resulted in huge showdown between the leading and opposition parties and Speaker eventually suspended Mannan.
Opposition targeted TMC on the Bhangar violence. Mamata are in talks to pass a bill seeking compensation for vandalized properties. Opposition opposed the move in the session which sought to pass the bill unanimously.