CPI-M legislators started raising slogans in the Well of the state assembly

Agartala: On the first day of the sixth session of the 12th Tripura Legislative Assembly, Opposition CPI-M walked out of the House protesting against the arrest of the former minister and deputy leader of the Opposition Badal Choudhury in the alleged Rs 600 PWD scam.

As soon as the Tripura governor Ramesh Bais started delivering his first assembly speech on Friday, the first day of the winter session, a group of CPI-M legislatures led by the officiating leader of the Opposition, Tapan Chakraborty, said they would not listen to the speech of the Governor in protest against the arrest of MLA Badal Choudhury with fabricated charges.

The Opposition bench of CPI-M said that they would boycott sessions unless assurance is given that political vendetta against them would be stopped.

As the Governor continued with his speech, the team of CPI-M legislators started raising slogans in the Well and continued to shout for sometimes before walking out of the House.

The leaders of the CPI-M were also seen holding placards in the assembly protesting condemning the arrest and harassment of the former PWD minister Choudhury.

“The placards read ‘to stop harassing MLA Badal Chowdhury over political vendetta’. It also read ‘immediate withdrawal the charges against MLA Badal Choudhury.”

Later, CPI-M leader Chakraborty, while speaking with reporters, said, “This is the very first speech of governor Ramesh Bais and it is very unfortunate that we had to boycott his speech. We had no other way rather than boycotting the session. We have protested in a democratic and peaceful manner.”

“MLA Badal Choudhury is the longest-standing MLA in the assembly and even after knowing the truth, charges were framed against him to suppress the voice of protest. This is political vendetta to harass the former minister,” Chakraborty said.

He also alleged that the present government has failed to keep their promise which was made in the vision document. He also questioned over the law and order situation presently prevailing in the state.

Badal Choudhury was arrested by the crime branch in connection with the alleged PWD scam amounting more than Rs 600 crores during his tenure as a minister.

FIR was lodged by the crime investigation department with the West Agartala police station on October 13 against former PWD minister Badal Choudhury, former PWD chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik and former PWD chief secretary YP Singh.

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