- The constitution of the Legislative Council in Bengal has been approved
- At present, there is a Legislative Council in 6 states of the country
- Legislative Council remained in Bengal for 17 years
West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee has stamped her election promise on Tuesday. The West Bengal Legislative Assembly has passed a resolution regarding the creation of the Legislative Council. The Bengal Legislative Assembly voted 196 in favor of the resolution introduced in the House regarding the creation of the Legislative Council, while 69 votes were cast against it. During the voting, 265 members were present in the house.
The proposal to form a Legislative Council, introduced by the Mamata Banerjee government in the Assembly, has been passed, but now it will have to be passed by a majority of both the Houses of Parliament i.e. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. After this the approval of the President is also necessary.
What is Mamata Banerjee’s plan?
Mamata Banerjee had announced just before the election that eminent people and senior leaders who have not been given tickets for the assembly elections, would be made members of the Legislative Council.
Country’s 6 States have Legislative Council
At present, only six states in the country have Legislative Councils, which include Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Bengal has 294 assembly seats. Since the number of members in a Legislative Council cannot exceed one third of the members of the Legislative Assembly, the Legislative Council in Bengal can have 98 members.
Legislative Council remained in Bengal for 17 years
The Legislative Council was formed in 1952, which continued till 1969, but the second United Front government abolished the Upper House by passing a bill.
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