Panel to report on former union minister
Former Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who left Samajwadi Party and formed a rebel party, is likely to lose his Lok Sabha membership.Updated: May 15, 2008, 19:36 IST
Former Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who left Samajwadi Party and formed a rebel party, is likely to lose his Lok Sabha membership with a House panel deciding to prepare a report on the matter.
The Lok Sabha Privileges Committee at its meeting on Thursday authorised its Chairman V Kishore Chandra Deo to prepare the report on the SP's disqualification petition against Verma, which will then be presented to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
The 67-year-old MP from Kaiserganj Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh has failed to appear before the panel thrice due to which its members say it appears to be an "open and shut case" against him.
Verma was PWD minister in the Mulayam Singh Yadav government and Communications Minister during the tenure of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.
On the case regarding disqualification of rebel Congress MP from Haryana Kuldeep Bishnoi, the panel members said that it has given him time till the first week of June to appear before it.
Bishnoi, son of former Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, had sought time to appear before it in view of the the assembly bye-elections currently on in the state.
He had last year announced resigning from the Bhiwani Lok Sabha seat after making a scathing attack against the Congress leadership.