'Suvendu resignation doesn't conform to rules of House'

Adhikari's resignation does not conform to rules of House, not accepted: Bengal Speaker

Biman Banerjee noted that Adhikari did not hand over the resignation letter to him personally

Disgruntled TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari. Credit: Facebook/adhikari1234Suvendu

West Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee on Friday said he did not accept Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Suvendu Adhikari’s resignation as it did not conform to the provisions of the Constitution and rules of the Assembly.

The development comes days after the former minister submitted his resignation letter to the Assembly Secretariat on December 16 and also sent it to the Speaker via email. The Speaker was not present at that time in the Assembly.

Speaking to reporters at the Assembly the Speaker said as per the Constitution and rules and procedures of Conduct of Business in West Bengal Assembly if a member of the Assembly sought to resign then he has to appear before the Speaker in person and write the resignation letter in front of the Speaker.

“In issuing that order I have gone through the Constitution and Rules and Procedures of Conduct of Business in West Bengal Assembly and in both, it is mentioned that if a member of the Legislative Assembly seeks to resign then he has to appear before the Speaker in person and he has to write it in front of Speaker stating that he or she resigning and if the Speaker thinks that his resignation is not genuine and is not in his consent the Speaker will not accept the resignation,” said Banerjee.

The Speaker also said Adhikari’s resignation letter could only be accepted when he would appear before him and satisfy him that he (Adhikari) had submitted his resignation letter voluntarily.

“It will only be possible when Suvenu Adhilari will appear before me in person and satisfy me that he has submitted his resignation letter in person and there are no other intentions behind it. Only then will I accept it,” the Speaker said.

Banerjee also said he had asked Adhikari to meet him on Monday.

“Hence I have asked Suvendu Adhikari to meet me on Monday at my chamber at 2 pm. My office will inform him about it. After inquiring him I will decide whether to accept his resignation letter or not. Until it’s accepted he is a member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly of the Trinamool Congress,” the Speaker said.

“Hence I have asked Suvendu Adhikari to meet me on Monday at my chamber at 2 pm. My office will inform him about it. After inquiring him I will decide whether to accept his resignation letter or not,” said Banerjee.