AGARTALA, March 21 � Tripura Assembly on Wednesday witnessed uproarious scenes with opposition members demanding a statement from the Chief Minister on his inclusion in the Bangladesh honour-list.
Shortly after question hour, senior Congress legislator and PCC president Surajit Dutta said that he had come to know that the Chief Minister was chosen to be honoured by the Bangladesh Government in Dhaka on February 27 for his outstanding contribution in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
Dutta wanted to know in which sub-sector the Chief Minister was the sector commander in the Liberation War? Immediately, the entire Treasury bench members strongly opposed it saying it was not a place for such discussions.
Supporting Dutta on his query, opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath said, �Unfortunately, on the basis of wrong brief, the Bangladesh National Committee�s chairperson and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni had invited Chief Minister Manik Sarkar for the honour for his contribution in the Liberation War�.
At one point of time, opposition members rushed to the well of the House and started demanding clarification from the Chief Minister on the alleged distortion of history.
The Speaker finally asked opposition members to go to their respective seats saying he will request the Chief
Minister whether he wanted to make a statement on the issue.
In reply, the Chief Minister informed the House that the Bangladesh National Committee had chosen him for the honour along with two other luminaries. �The State Government has no role in this regard�, he said.
However, the opposition bench was in no mood to accept the statement of the Chief Minister and continued with its protest to corner the Treasury bench on the issue prompting the Speaker to adjourn the House abruptly at 12.35 pm today.