After being left out in the cold for more than a year, two ‘tainted’ MPs — Suresh Kalmadi and A Raja — have found slots in Parliament standing committees.
A combination photo of A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi.
In the latest panel reshuffle, Kalmadi was included in the standing committee on external affairs while Raja received a berth in the energy committee.
The department-related standing committees review the functioning of the respective ministries and give suggestions on proposed bills.
Congressman Kalmadi, a key accused in the Commonwealth Games (CWG), was not included in any panel after the CBI arrested him last year. Similarly, DMK member Raja also didn't get rehabilitated after losing his cabinet berth and going to Tihar Jail in connection with the 2010 2G spectrum allocation scam.
However, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi — another MP accused in the 2G scam — was allotted a seat in the standing committee on human resource development during the previous panel reshuffle in August 2011.
Another 'tainted' MP, Madhu Koda (independent), may have to wait a while longer to get a slot in any standing committee.
Koda, currently lodged in a Ranchi jail, has been kept out for now.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has shifted himself from the HRD committee to the finance panel, headed by BJP's Yashwant Sinha.
Gandhi had served two terms with both the HRD and home affairs panels. This time, he would be a member of one of the most important committees, dealing with several hot issues.
While both Kalmadi and Raja have been regularly attending Parliament regularly ever since they came out of jail, Koda has been unable to participate in House proceedings on a regular basis.