Bengal House violence: CPM refuses apology; probe ordered

An all-party meeting in the West Bengal Speaker's chamber to solve the crisis arising out of the suspension of three CPM MLAs from the House, following the violence on Tuesday, failed as Leader of Opposition Suryakanta Mishra refused to tender an apology for the behaviour of the three MLAs. As a result the Left MLAs who attended the House in the morning chose to skip the session for the remaining day.

The Speaker on Wednesday formed two committees under Buddheshwar Mohanty, acting secretary of the Assembly, to probe the incident of power cut in the House in the morning for about seven minutes and also to look into the role of securitymen of the Assembly when the trouble broke out on Tuesday.

Mishra said it was not possible for them to attend the session as the suspended Left members were not given a chance to defend themselves.

TMC sacks MLA Sikha Mitra

The core committee of the TMC on Wednesday suspended party MLA Sikha Mitra for breaching "party discipline". The decision came within hours of her condemning Tuesday's incident at the Assembly. ENS

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