Scuffle in Bengal assembly, Opposition leader suspended, hospitalised

Mannan was suspended by Speaker Biman Banerjee as he continued his protest with placards against the government for bringing a bill which imposes payment of compensation on public properties damaged during violent protests and termed it as �black law�.

Scuffle in Bengal assembly, Opposition leader suspended, hospitalised

West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Wednesday witnessed scuffle over the passage of Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The uproar in the house led to the suspension of Opposition leader and Congress MLA Abdul Mannan.

Mannan was suspended by Speaker Biman Banerjee as he continued his protest with placards against the government for bringing a bill which imposes payment of compensation on public properties damaged during violent protests and termed it as “black law” while refusing to heed to the Speaker who asked him to wait for discussions on it.


Later Abdul Mannan has taken to hospital after he had become ill while being evicted.

As soon as he was suspended, Mannan sat in the Well of the House and the marshalls tried to forcibly evict him, leading to a clash between them and Congress members. The Congress leader fell sick during the clash and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

The Congress and the Left legislators staged a walkout from the House protesting against the incident.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Pratima Rajak claimed that she was molested by security officials. “The security (officials) pulled me by my saree and tried to kick me,” Rajak, the MLA from Burwan, said.

The West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was later passed in the House and the Speaker asked the assembly secretary to take note of the benches which were damaged by opposition MLAs.