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Suvendu Adhikari To Meet Bengal Governor Over Mukul Roy's Appointment As PAC Chief

As per norms, a legislator of the main opposition party is made the PAC chairperson, and Roy hasn't quit as a BJP MLA in the House, despite switching camps.

BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari will meet Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to discuss the matter of Mukul Roy's appointment as PAC chief PTI

Suvendu Adhikari, the Leader of Opposition in West Bengal, along with other BJP MLAs, is all set to meet Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to discuss the matter of Mukul Roy's appointment as the PAC chief.

Adhikary earlier has strongly disagreed with Roy's elevation in view of the fact that the MLA had switched his side and crossed over to TMC last month after winning the polls on a BJP ticket

In an overwhelming incident, eight BJP legislators on Tuesday resigned from their designations of chairing various assembly panels as a symbol of protest against the decision of MLA Mukul Roy's appointment as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

As per norms, a legislator of the main opposition party is made the PAC chairperson, and Roy hasn't quit as a BJP MLA in the House, despite switching camps.

Manoj Tigga, one of the saffron camp legislators, said after resigning from a standing committee that "Roy's appointment is undemocratic and a naked display of partisan
politics. In protest, we have decided to step down..."

Led by Adhikari, the eight MLAs, including Mihir Goswami, Bhisma Prasad Sharma and Tigga, later visited Raj Bhavan to apprise Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar of the "blatant
violation of democratic norms by the ruling party".

TMC deputy chief whip in the House, Tapas Roy, in response, said it was a decision of the saffron camp, and he wouldn't want to comment on that.

"Appointments for any assembly panel should be left to the discretion of the speaker, who did go by the rule in this case. It has to be kept in mind that the BJP had been plotting to topple democratically elected governments all over the country to capture power. They don't have any right to speak on democratic values," the Baranagar TMC MLA said.

BJP MLAs had staged a walkout in the Assembly on July 9 after Roy was made the chief of PAC, which keeps a tab on government spending.

"This government does not let the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) conduct audits. It just wants its own people to know where it is spending," Adhikari had said at a
press meet after the walkout.

He further said that BJP had pitched economist and party MLA Ashok Lahiri as PAC chairperson, but the speaker went by TMC's recommendation and appointed Roy. 

(With PTI INputs)

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