After the human resources development minister Kapil Sibal, now the law minister Salman Khurshid faces a rough ride in the Rajya Sabha where the Opposition has managed to virtually block all his key legislations.
Khurshid, who took over as law minister in July last year, has found his important bills on legal reforms hitting the Opposition wall in the Upper House of Parliament during the winter and recently concluded budget sessions.
“The problem has been the obstructionist attitude of the opposition in the House. The government is ready to debate and put its view across, but there has be to a reasonable response from the other side,” Khurshid said.
His colleague Sibal, however, had a good budget session with the Opposition agreeing to get some of his key education bills passed in the Rajya Sabha after more than a year.
Apart from the bills deferred in Rajya Sabha, the government did not take the risk of even introducing the highly publicised Judicial Standards Bill along with the constitution amendment bill to raise the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years in the House. Lok Sabha had passed the Judicial Standards Bill on March 30.
With the Centre lacking a majority in the Rajya Sabha, Khurshid’s problems began in December last when he was forced to defer a bill for setting-up special commercial divisions in HCs after the Opposition MPs alleged that the move was discriminatory, since it would provide quick justice only to the rich.
This was followed by the Opposition MPs objecting to some of the provisions of the Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, which had proposed to make divorce quicker and women friendly.