The BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari met Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar this evening to flag the appointment of Trinamool Congress’s Mukul Roy as the chairman of the key Public Accounts Committee. Seeking the Governor’s intervention, he said the appointment is a violation of law. An opposition MLA is always appointed as the PAC chairman, and the Trinamool has misused that rule, Mr Adhikari contends.
The Governor’s handle tweeted about the meeting.
“A Delegation of opposition MLAs led by the Leader of Opposition Sevendu Adhikari called on WB Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhawan Kolkata today at 4 PM. Leader of Opposition submitted a representation as regards irregularities relatable to PAC Chairman in Legislative Assembly,” his post read:
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) July 13, 2021
The BJP has been protesting against the appointment of Mukul Roy, who recently went back to the ruling Trinamool Congress after a brief stay in the party.
Mr Roy, who changed camp last month after Trinamool’s big victory in the assembly elections, has not resigned from his assembly seat Krishnanagar Uttar, which he won on a BJP ticket.
The Trinamool has argued that Mr Roy is still a member of the BJP in the Assembly and is eligible for appointment.
The party’s senior leader Subrata Mukherjee said. “Mr Roy continues to be a BJP member in the Assembly.”
“It has been a long-established tradition to appoint a senior leader of the opposition camp, who has experience in Parliament, as the PAC chairman. The speaker has simply followed that norm,” he was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
Ace Trinamool strategist Mukul Roy, who had joined the BJP in 2017, returned to the ruling party with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee having an active role in his homecoming.