In the midst of uncertainty surrounding the Assam Legislative Assembly’s winter session, Tourism Minister Jayanta Mallabaruah made a peculiar remark on Wednesday. He suggested that opposition MLAs should address their queries by visiting his homes.
Addressing media speculation, the minister asserted the cabinet’s readiness to address inquiries and extended an invitation for MLAs to contact him by phone.
He mentioned, “MLAs can communicate with us via media, phone calls, or even visit our residences for any queries they may have. We are consistently accessible to respond and eager to collaborate”.
Indicating the improbability of a winter assembly session, the minister remarked, “With the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year, we need to conduct a budget session or similar events preceding the polls”.
He added, “Since the budget session is scheduled for February 2024, now is the opportune time for everyone to engage in collaborative efforts and make necessary preparations”.
The postponement of the Assam legislative assembly’s winter session has raised concerns. Specifically, Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia underscored the necessity of conducting the session to address a range of issues, along with other Opposition MLAs.
Sources indicate that the Assam Legislative Assembly Secretariat suggested Kokrajhar as the venue for this year’s winter session. However, discord between the government and the Legislative Assembly has resulted in a delay in the Governor’s announcement.
Saikia recommended that if technical issues in Kokrajhar prove problematic, the government should contemplate holding the session in Dispur, underlining the urgency of promptly confirming the session date.