Calcutta, June 24
The saffron party on Thursday demanded the annulment of Mukul Roy’s appointment to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and urged the secretary of the Assembly to reject his candidacy because his name was not proposed by the legislative party BJP and the TMC is not eligible to advance his nomination as he has been elected on a BJP list.
Roy was among 20 MPs who filed for membership in the West Bengal Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday amid speculation he could be named president.
The TMC submitted 14 names and the BJP submitted six names. Roy was in the list of 20.
Roy, officially the BJP MP for Krishnanagar Uttar, moved to TMC last week but has not resigned from the assembly or been disqualified under the anti-defection law.
“We submitted a letter to the secretary of the assembly opposing the appointment of Mukul Roy as a member of the PAC.
According to the rules of the assembly, his name must be submitted by the TMC or the BJP.
“The list does not indicate in whose name Mukul Roy has applied,” said a senior member of the BJP.
Roy’s name was proposed by Independent Member Ruden Sada Lepcha and TMC MP Tarun Kumar Maity.
Citing Rule No.302 of the Rules of Procedure and Business Conduct in the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal, the BJP letter noted that the standard for electing PAC members is based on the principle of proportional representation.
“Proportional representation means the election of the members of the PCB from the proportional report of the parties.
The BJP did not recommend his name.
“The TMC also cannot recommend his names because he was elected on a BJP ticket. Therefore, his appointment should be canceled,” said another BJP MP.
Reacting to the development, TMC Chief Whip Nirmal Ghosh said the BJP letter was not sacred or constitutional.
“The leaders of the BJP do not know the rules and procedures of the House. When applications for PAC membership are submitted, it is done as members of the house and not as a member of a party, ”Ghosh said.
Meanwhile, according to sources, all 20 nominations, including Roy’s, were accepted after review.
However, the list will be officially announced later.
The BJP legislative party is concerned that the post of president of the PAC, the selection of which is the prerogative of the president, will go to Roy, as there have been cases where Congressmen moving to TMC have been appointed to important positions, party sources said.
“In accordance with the norm, the post of president of the PAC goes to the opposition party. But, at the last assembly, we saw how Manas Bhunia and Sankar Singh held the position despite their stint at TMC and their non-resignation as congressmen.
“The speaker then indicated that they were officially opposition MPs,” said a BJP leader.
Apprehensions escalated after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a press conference said Roy was a “member of the BJP” and the TMC was ready to deal with the vote on the floor of the house on the question of the president of the PAC.
Opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari said Roy’s appointment did not matter as he would cease to exist as a member of the House under the anti-defection law. PTI