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May 31, 2011

Chief Minister gives due credit to Opposition at Assembly

Calcutta, May 31: On her first day as Chief Minister in the newly elected Assembly, Ms. Mamata Banerjee today requested the new Assembly Speaker to give “more importance to the Opposition.
Ms. Banerjee`s request came at a time she has been seizing every opportunity to make gestures of goodwill and courtesy to the opposition. In her maiden speech to the House, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, too, spoke of a “new dawn” that would see political courtesy prevail over acrimony. “We want democracy, and not ‘dalatantra’ “Give more importance to the Opposition in the House. If need be, allot less time to our MLAs. We want democracy, not party rule,” Ms. Banerjee said in her speech in the Assembly, delivered to congratulate Biman Banerjee who had been elected Speaker unopposed.
When the Leader of the Oppsition`s turn to speak came, he said: “The honourable Chief Minister`s remark on according more importance to the Opposition was praiseworthy.” He also said, “We have heard that in a democratic set-up, the House belongs to the Opposition. We must appreciate the Chief Minister for underlining this in her maiden speech.”
The Deputy Speaker will be elected on June 27. Trinamul Congress` Sonali Guha is the lone candidate.