West Bengal: Candlelight march by BJP MLAs as a mark of respect to Bangladesh violence victims

News Desk: On Monday, Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari organised a candle light march in the state Assembly premises with 68 MLAs as a mark of respect to the nine people killed in neighbouring Bangladesh during Durga Puja.

He said “We are Bengalis and many of us still have relatives in Bangladesh. During this year’s Durga Puja nine Bengalis were killed there. We had requested the speaker to keep a mention about them during today’s obituary references. But the speaker turned it down. So we organised a candle march”

Adhikari said that BJP MLAs will skip Assembly proceedings on days when there are festivals scheduled during the ongoing winter session but will not boycott the winter session.

“We are not boycotting the session but we will not be participating on days when there are festivals. We do not support the way the session has been planned by them. We had requested them verbally and then in writing, but both times they were turned down. All our MLAs have decided to be with common people on the festival days” Adhikary said.

“In the entire schedule we have noticed that there is no mention of the festivals of the Gorkhas and the adivasis. This session has been imposed by the state government. We will not be present in all the days. We are not boycotting the session as we have been elected by the people on their behalf to represent them in the Assembly” he said.

BJP MLAS, he said, will not come to attend the Assembly from Tuesday to participate in the session and will do only if sittings are scheduled on November 16,17 and 18.