Confident, Govt to push Bills
Having cleared the financial business in the Lok Sabha, the government now plans to use the remaining six days of the budget session to clear its legislative agenda. HT reports.delhi Updated: Apr 30, 2010 01:33 IST
Having cleared the financial business in the Lok Sabha, the government now plans to use the remaining six days of the budget session to clear its legislative agenda.
This includes introduction of the civil nuclear liability bill being opposed by the Left and by the BJP in its present form. On the list are the passage of the green tribunal bill in the Lok Sabha, the Trademarks and Pesticides bills in the Rajya Sabha and three important labour-related bills.
After its cut motion was negatived on Tuesday, it remains to be seen if the BJP and the Left will try to block the introduction of the contentious civil nuclear liability bill by seeking a division on it. But having learnt from past experience when it had to defer the bill because its members were not present, the government would have its numbers ready
this time for introducing the bill that will then be sent to the standing committee for scrutiny.
As it is, compared to the five UPA members who were absent when the cut motion was taken up on Tuesday, as many as nine NDA MPs did not turn up. In all, 54 MPs were absent.
The UPA absentees Abdul Mannan Hussain and BR Jhakhar (Cong), Sharifuddin (NC), Udayan Raje Bhonsale (NCP) and Madhu Koda (independent, who is in jail).
Other absentees included BJP (5), JD-S (3), JD-U, TRS and Shiv Sena (2), BJD and JMM (1). Five MPs, calling themselves the Lok Morcha, stayed away as did the three unattached MPs, Jaya Prada, Bhajan Lal and Kalyan Singh.