TMC national spokesperson and RS member Derek O'Brien, in his letter, cited two instances when the parliament session was postponed due to elections in the states.
The Trinamool Congress on Monday demanded the closure of the second part of the budget session citing the upcoming assembly elections in several states, including West Bengal.
In letters addressed to both Rajya Sabha Speaker Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, the TMC set the precedent for 2011 and 2008, when the session was similarly closed.
The chairman of the Rajya Sabha, TMC national spokesman and Rajya Sabha floor leader Derek O'Brien said in a letter that due to the elections, his party MPs will not be able to attend the parliament session. He cited the example of the 222nd season, which began on February 21, 2011, and was scheduled to end on April 21, 2011. However, the House was adjourned on March 25, 2011 due to the state assembly elections in five states – Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
The second example he provided was the 214th season that began on October 17, 2008, and was quickly postponed to October 24, 2008, to meet again on December 10, 2008. The session was to continue until November as per the original schedule. The TMC leader said, “However, due to the upcoming state assembly elections in some states, the house was adjourned till December 10, 2008.” I am optimistic that you will consider this proposal of ours. “
Sudeep Bandopadhyay, the floor leader of the party in the Lok Sabha, has also written a similar letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
The government, meanwhile, has begun reaching out to opposition parties seeking early closure of the session. A section of the Congress, including West Bengal PCC President Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, supports the demand, but the rest of the party feels that it will give the wrong message.