Opposition knocks at Raj Bhavan door

"Slogans could be raised as we had been aggrieved. But before exhausting all the avenues of protest and knocking at all doors of justice we will not ask for President's rule in the state," Rabin Deb, CPM state secretariat member, told The Indian Express.

Leader of the Opposition Suryakanta Mishra, who led the delegation to Raj Bhavan, raised the issue of chit funds that triggered the bedlam with Governor.

He said that the state government was evasive of the functioning of the chit funds in the state, adding ,"Presidential assent in this regard is still awaited since January 25, 2010. We think state Governor can do something in this regard."

Govt backs Speaker's decision

The Trinamool Congress government, meanwhile, defended Speaker Biman Banerjee's ruling in suspending three CPM MLAs for "instigating violence" in the Assembly.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said the House adopted a resolution condemning actions of CPM MLAs in provoking violence, abusing the Speaker and disrupting the proceedings of the House.

He said the Speaker suspended the members under section 347 which did not provide any scope for self-defence as demanded by CPM.

He said that despite being decimated in the state in last election, the "CPM had not yet reformed itself and was still resorting to goondaraj as it had done in last 34 years". He rejected CPM's charge that Trinamool MLAs were on the offensive. "What business had CPM MLA Debalina Hembram to go to the treasury bench and attack our women members?" he questioned.

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