Kolkata: The West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Tuesday (July 6) passed a resolution to form a Legislative Council in the state under Article 169 of the Constitution of India.
Amid 265 members present in the Assembly, 196 MLAs voted in approval of the resolution, while 69 blackballed it.
The establishment of a Legislative Council was one of the poll commitments that featured in the TMC manifesto. Soon after the assembly decisions, CM Mamata Banerjee had sanctioned the proposal.
Banerjee was absent in the House during the voting to pass the resolution.
Only six states in India have a Legislative Council – Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.
Jammu and Kashmir also had the Upper House until the state was splited into two Union Territories in 2019.
Any,how in order to initiate the Council, a Bill to that effect will legislate in the parliament. The Centre’s role would become important in this aspect.
Notably, West Bengal used to have an Upper House which came into effect in 1952. It was, thus, abolished in 1969. The state Assembly passed the resolution for its annulment on 21 March 1969.