The state budget for 2021-22 will be executed before the West Bengal legislative assembly on Wednesday.
In February this year, CM Mamata Banerjee had declared the state’s trial balance and vote-on-account in the assembly instead of finance minister Amit Mitra, who could not attend the session due to health troubles.
State parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee is likely to execute the budget in the assembly, in case of Mitra’s absence.
Banerjee had showered sops and made a series of declarations while presenting the state’s vote-on-account in February as assembly polls were drawing nearer.
The list included generating 15 million fresh job opportunities, enhancing farmer’s aid, free ration, providing cooked food from common kitchens for the poor ,and pension for senior citizens and widows, among others.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) returned to office for the third consecutive time in May with a huge mandate, winning 213 out of the 292 assembly seats where polls were conducted. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could bag 77 seats.
The budget session commenced from July 2 and has been a stormy one since then. It will pursue till July 8.
On the initial day itself, BJP leaders had formed a rowdydown in the assembly, coercing governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to shorten his inaugural address. On Tuesday, the assembly released a resolution supporting an ad hoc committee report that advocated the creation of a legislative council amid opposition by the BJP.
Speaking on the resolution, Chatterjee stated that achievers and noted personalities of the society from numerous walks of life will have a rendition, and also people from different strata of the society will be welcomed in the decision making process.
Chief of the opposition Suvendu Adhikari, while challenging the resolution, said that the goal of the resolution was to sustain “backdoor politics” to support TMC party leaders get nominated as lawmakers despite having lost the assembly elections.