Telangana Bill not to be tabled in Parliament
Amid continuous disruptions and adjournments in the Parliament, the Centre has decided not to table the Telangana Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday despite President Pranab Mukherjee giving his approval to the legislation on Monday, reports said.
Soon after the Parliament began its functioning on Tuesday, both the Houses was adjourned till noon over ruckus created by MPs.
The government has, meanwhile, decided to refer the matter to the Law Ministry owing to contending opinions within the UPA over whether or not the legislation is a money bill.
A money bill can be only introduced in the Lower House of the Parliament.
The Parliament on Monday witnessed disruptions over the Telangana issue in both the Houses leading to frequent adjournments.
Mukherjee on Monday rapped the political parties like AAP and BJP over the disruption of houses without naming them.
As soon as the Houses assembled on Monday, the ruckus over the Telangana statehood started, forcing the houses to be adjourned.
President Pranab Mukherjee reminded earlier the lawmakers of their duty and asked them to introspect over the functioning of the Parliament.
"Parliament's function is to debate, dissent and decide and not get disrupted," he told the lawmakers.
Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited BJP senior leaders LK Advani, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley for dinner on Wednesday to discuss the Parliament logjam.
According to an NDTV report, the PM will reportedly discuss the stalemate in Parliament and the Lokpal Bill, which has pitted the Opposition and the ruling government against each other.
The BJP has opposed the PM's selection of a jurist, PP Rao, for the panel that will select the national anti-corruption ombudsman or the Lokpal.
(Posted on 11-02-2014)