Kolkata: Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said on Thursday that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s attempt to check corruption within the administration has been maligned by the opposition parties in the state.While speaking in the Assembly, Chatterjee said: “Those who provide money and those who take them are equally responsible. Both of them deserve punishment. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up a great initiative to fix the accountability on those who indulge in corruption. She has given a platform to raise the issues. The opposition parties are trying to malign the government by politicising the whole issue.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersChatterjee added: “Some political parties are forming groups and trying to politicise a good initiative. They are roaming around with political flags to malign the government. It’s a gimmick to show the government in bad light by a party which has no agenda other than spreading religious fanaticism.” Meanwhile, the West Bengal Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed in the Assembly with an object to increase the daily allowances of the council of ministers. It has been considered necessary to increase the daily allowances of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition as well. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from this, the Bengal Legislative Assembly (Members’ Emoluments) (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was also passed in the Assembly on Thursday, with a view to hike the daily allowance of the members of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakaraborty, during his speech in the Assembly, demanded that emoluments of the former MLAs be raised by the government. In reply to his demand, Chatterjee said that the state government has no such plans yet in this regard.
On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 110.12 points to 15,154.52, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 90.52 points to 21,521.26. The S&P 500 index was down 7.07 points to 2,466.38 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 18.94 points to 6,371.07The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.84 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 79.46 cents US.The September crude contract was down 77 cents to US$46.15 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down two cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $5.70 to US$1,251.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was up one cent to US$2.73 a pound.