Bills imposed, says oppn,
so might as well disband BAC
April 30, 2015
Amid heated debate,
the opposition Thursday accused the government of imposing its
legislative agenda that was not discussed in the Business
Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday. This was after the
government had proposed to bring certain controversial bills
After question hour, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs
Rajiv Pratap Rudy read out a statement detailing the
government?s legislative business for next week, in which he
also mentioned the contentious Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill
and the Land Boundary Agreement Bill.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia immediately protested,
saying neither bill had been discussed in the Business Advisory
Committee meeting Wednesday.
?On what basis is the government bringing the bills when they
were not discussed in BAC?The government seems to be starting a
new tradition. Then you might as well disband BAC. You should
also disband parliamentary committees as they have lost
relevance,? Scindia said, as MPs of other opposition parties
such as the CPM, the TMC and the BJD joined ranks with him.
Scindia pointed out that when the issue of these two bills had
been raised during the BAC meeting, the government had said it
had no current plans to bring them.
Rudy, meanwhile, sought to clarify that what was discussed in
the BAC had already been tabled in the House and what he read
out was the government?s proposal on the bills to be taken up
next week. He said the bills will be brought to the Lok Sabha
only after the BAC allocates time.
TMC MP Saugata Roy said such ?surreptitious and hush-hush
methods should not be there?, while CPM leader Mohd Salim termed
it an ?insult to the BAC?. BJD MP Tathagata Satapathy said
adding things not discussed in the BAC was ?very wrong?.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the BAC report and the report
on the government?s business were separate issues. ?There are
two separate items. What you discussed in the Business Advisory
Committee is item No. 9A? Circulated or not circulated, item No.
9A refers to the report of the BAC? There is a separate item No.
14 which is the statement of the minister with regard to
government business. Now, the minister?s statement with regard
to government business is the government?s request, subject to
the BAC and the Speaker approving, that this is to be taken up
next week. Week after week, these two items are listed
separately. It is for the first time that some confusion has
arisen in your mind that both the items are one,? he said.
The Speaker intervened to say the reports were separate and the
matter should rest there. She added a meeting of the BAC next
week would discuss these issues.
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