West Bengal: BJP continues to oppose bill replaces Guvs with CMs


Kolkata: As the West Bengal Assembly on Monday passed a bill that will replace state Governor with the Chief Minister as the Chancellor of state-run universities, Leader of Opposition (LoP) Suvendu Adhikari said he will take the matter to the President for consideration. 

“Education comes under the concurrent list. I will meet Governor next Monday on the issue and will request to send it (the bill) to Delhi (for the consideration of the President),” said Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Adhikari. 

Owing to the new rule, The West Bengal University Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022, West Bengal Mamata Banerjee will replace Governor Jagdeep Dhankar as the state universities’ chancellor. 

Earlier, Mamata Banerjee-led state government had proposed that the chancellor of all state-run universities will be Chief Minister instead of the governor. The ruling party had decided to take the matter to the state assembly for the amendment.

The proposal got the approval of 182 members of the Assembly of 294 members. 

Earlier in the day, while introducing the Bill in the House questioned why CM cannot become the chancellor of the state universities but the Prime Minister can be the chancellor of a central university- Visva Bharati?”

Basu also accused the Governor of contravening various protocols many times. 

The saffron party had constantly opposed the bill citing that the involvement of the Chief Minister will lead to “political interference”.   

first published:June 13, 2022, 7:33 p.m.

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