Government may push bills amid din
With the chances of smooth functioning of Parliament appearing dim, the government is contemplating passing some important legislative businesses in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha even if there is disruption on Wednesday. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Shekhar Iyer report.delhi Updated: Sep 07, 2011 01:03 IST
With the chances of smooth functioning of Parliament appearing dim, the government is contemplating passing some important legislative businesses in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha even if there is disruption on Wednesday.
As the six-week monsoon session reached its fag end and got clouded by the row over the appointment of Gujarat Lokayukta, senior ministers thought of getting some of key economic reforms bills through.
The pending bills include Insurance Bill, LIC Amendment Bill, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill and Constitutional Amendment Bill for roll out of Goods and Services Tax besides a bill to set up commercial divisions of high courts and the Education Tribunal Bill.
In all, 24 bills were to be approved in the monsoon session but only eight could be passed so far. The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2011 is likely to be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The appointment of Justice (retd) RA Mehta as Gujarat Lokayukta stalled Parliament for the fourth day as the BJP pressed its demand for the removal of governor Kamla Beniwal. The BJP was buoyed by support from NDA allies besides several opposition parties like the Left and AIADMK.
In the Rajya Sabha, no business could be done. A Constitution Amendment Bill for changing the name of Orissa to 'Odisha' was, however, passed in the Lok Sabha.
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee met with BJP parliamentary party leader LK Advani but the impasse remained unresolved.
“Advani suggested certain things about the Gujarat lokayukta,” Mukherjee said. One suggestion was for Justice Mehta to quit, BJP sources said.
However, Congress MPs and MLAs from the state met President Pratibha Patil, opposed the BJP's demand for removal of the governor. They said she had acted in accordance with the Gujarat Lokayukta Act.
Both BJP and the Congress leaders said they looked forward to the fate of the Gujarat government's appeal against the lokayukta's appointment when it comes up in the high court for hearing on Wednesday.
First Published: Sep 06, 2011 23:15 IST