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Kolkata: OPPOSITION Left and Congress MLAs today staged a walkout and then held a demonstration with mosquito nets on the state Assembly premises over dengue.

This after Speaker Biman Banerjee rejected an adjournment motion for discussion on dengue that was moved by the Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan of the Congress.

Both Left and Congress have said that they will continue with such demonstration in the Assembly until and unless they were allowed to discuss at length the spread of dengue, which has claimed several lives and has turned an epidemic in the state.

Trouble began soon after the Question Hour today after the Speaker rejected the adjournment motion and instead asked deputy health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya to give a statement on steps taken to deal with dengue.

Peeved at this, Opposition Left and Congress MLAs got down on the well of the House and began shouting slogans. They were holding placards on dengue. With Bhattacharya continuing with her statement, the MLAs then staged a walkout and launched a demonstration on the main entrance to the Assembly building.

Several MLAs wore jackets with slogans on dengue and holding placards and paper replicas of mosquitos. Some of the MLAs even took out mosquito nets and got under them to protest.

The leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan later told reporters that despite hundreds of people dying of dengue, the state government was only active in suppressing figures of dengue deaths and afflictions. “Our agitation will continue every day in the Assembly until the Speaker allows us to discuss the issue threadbare,” he said.

Deputy health minister Chandrima Bhattacharya told the house that this year till 15 November, 45 people have died of dengue in the state and 28,638 have been afflicted. The minister said that the government has already spent Rs 55-crore from its coffers and another Rs 9-crore Central funds in dealing with dengue.

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