New Delhi: A resolution to form a state legislative council has been passed in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. CM Mamta Banerjee’s TMC introduced this proposal in the assembly. 196 members of the House voted in favor of the motion, while 69 were against it.
Let us tell you that barely 12 days after she was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third time on May 18, Mamata Banerjee had approved the cabinet’s decision to create a Legislative Council, or the upper house of the state assembly, the Legislative Council, which she called promised during the election.
Mamata Banerjee announced that eminent people and veteran leaders who were not nominated for the assembly elections would be made members of the Legislative Council.
History of Legislative Council in Bengal
After independence, the first Chief Minister of Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy formed the Legislative Council in 1952, which continued till 1969. But the second United Front government abolished the Upper House by passing a bill.
Legislative Council can be formed in the state under Article 169 of the Indian Constitution. The bill needs to be presented before the Parliament for the creation of the Legislative Council. Along with this, the consent of the President is also required for this.
Bengal may have 98 seats
The Legislative Council should not have more than 1/3 of the total seats in the Legislative Assembly. In such a situation, the council can have a maximum of 98 seats. 1/3 of the members will be elected by the legislators, while the other 1/3 members will be elected by the municipal bodies, zilla parishads and other local bodies. There will also be a provision to nominate members to the council by the government. Like the Rajya Sabha, it also has a Chairman and a Deputy Speaker. Members must be at least 30 years old and have a tenure of 6 years.
The members of the Legislative Council are elected by the members of the civic body and the elected legislators. The Governor can also nominate some members. The last Legislative Council of Bengal had 75 members, of whom nine were nominated by the Governor.
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