The government has managed to bring on board many Opposition parties with its plans to reverse the effects of the recent Supreme Court orders related to members of legislative houses and reservation in super specialty posts of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, even though it is struggling to run the Parliament smoothly.
The government is planning to push for the passage of the ambitious food security bill in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be the second speaker from the Congress on the food bill. In an all-party meeting meeting on Tuesday, parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath sounded confident and reportedly said, “we will pass the food bill the way we have passed the companies bill.”
Nath’s comment came after TDP leaders refused to give any assurance on smooth running of the ongoing parliamentary session.
Law minister Kapil Sibal told the meeting that the government will file review petitions against Supreme Court’s orders quashing reservation in super specialty posts and barring arrested people from contesting elections. He also said that the government is considering bringing a constitutional amendment to reverse the effect of the Supreme Court judgment disqualifying sitting members of legislature as soon as they are convicted by court.
There were suggestions that law may be amended to allow convicted members to continue as MP or MLA but without their right to vote and other privileges. BJD, however, opposed this move.
While most of the Opposition parties including the BJP supported these moves, they also asked the government to quickly bring the bill on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill that seeks to change the current appointment process of judges. Many Opposition leaders felt that the bill should be sent to a standing committee and get passed by the winter session of Parliament.