Kolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy was on Friday elected unopposed as a member of the Public Accounts Committee of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. His nomination was opposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party as Roy had won the election on a BJP ticket.
20 MLAs, including Roy, had filed their nominations for the membership of the PAC on Wednesday. A PAC can have a maximum of 20 members. The nominations of all the 20 candidates were found valid and they were elected unopposed. There is speculation about Roy being appointed as the chairman of the PAC.
Mukul Roy has joined Trinamool Congress
14 names were proposed by Trinamool Congress and six by BJP. Roy, officially a BJP MLA from Krishnanagar North, had switched over to the Trinamool Congress last week. Despite this, he neither resigned from the assembly nor was he disqualified under the Anti-Defection Act. On Friday, the West Bengal Assembly Secretary made the list public in which Roy’s name was there. The names of eminent economist and BJP MLA Ashok Lahiri and Leader of Opposition Shubhendu Adhikari are also in the list.
CM Mamta had supported
Earlier, amid a standoff between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress over the nomination of Mukul Roy to the Public Accounts Committee of the West Bengal Assembly, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that her party supports Roy. He said that Roy is a member of BJP. CM Banerjee said that anyone can file nomination but the Speaker of the House has to take the final decision. “Anyone can file nomination for the Public Accounts Committee and Mukul Roy, who has filed nomination, is a member of the BJP,” the chief minister said at the secretariat.
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