Tripura assembly witnesses noisy scene, walkout

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Agartala, June 6 (UNI) An Opposition walkout and noisy scenes marked the second session of the tenth Tripura Assembly today.

The House witnessed uproar over the issue of alleged nexus between CPI (M) MLA and former minister Shaid Choudhury and Bangladeshi terror suspect Mamun Mian.

Besides, the Opposition staged a walk out against the decision of the Business Advisory Committee Report.

Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath was compelled to adjourn the House for ten minutes around 1220 hrs following repeated demands from the Opposition for discussion on the Mamun Mian issue. But he did not allow the appeal and Congress members protested at the podium.

During zero hour leader of Opposition Ratan Lal Nath raised the demand of discussion on the issue of alleged rapport between Mr Choudhury and Md Mian, which was disallowed earlier by the Speaker.

However, the Opposition was not satisfied and demanded a statement from the chief minister over the issue and finally the Speaker adjourned the House for ten minutes.

Mamun Mia alias Suman Mazumder was arrested by the West Bengal CID from Agartala on March 27. His alleged links with the then Tripura's food and civil supplies minister Sahid Chowdhury had led to the latter's resignation.

Its brief was to probe how Mamun Mia managed to obtain Indian citizenship, a permanent residence certificate and a passport here despite being a Bangladeshi national. Police investigation had revealed that Mamun Mia, a resident of Pallabi in Dhaka, had obtained an international passport in Bangladesh in October 2004, showing himself as a resident of Sadar Road area in Barishal town.

He obtained another international passport as an Indian citizen based in Agartala upon recommendations made on the official pad of Congress MLA Surajit Dutta of Ramnagar in Agartala town.

The Opposition had also staged a walkout following disagreement of the Business Advisory Committee to extend the Assembly session from seven to nine days.

''The sixth Left Front government has set an example by organising only a seven-day budget session where we cannot discuss important issues,'' Leader of the Opposition Ratan Lal Nath said adding that the ruling party had been trying to curtail the rights of the Opposition.

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