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Bercow "shocked"; his options limited

The offender is Her Majesty herself even though everyone knows she is obliged to do the bidding of the prime minister she has appointed

West Bengal Legislative Assembly

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Sunanda K Datta-Ray
It may sound presumptuous. But listening to John Bercow, Speaker of the British House of Commons, simmering in wrath over Parliament suddenly being shut down for more than five weeks, the late Bijoy Kumar Banerjee might well have adapted Gopal Krishna Gokhale’s famous line and chuckled, “What Bengal thinks today, Britain thinks tomorrow.” 

For ignoramuses (or ignorami if you wish to sound pedantic), Banerjee was the West Bengal Legislative Assembly Speaker responsible in 1967 for what constitutional pundits call the most confident, bold and impartial act in India’s legislative history. I can do no better than repeat a few lines
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Topics : West Bengal

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First Published: Aug 30 2019 | 9:30 PM IST

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