Panel on land bill postpones meeting following suspension of Cong MP
New Delhi: The meeting
of the Joint Committee of Parliament on the land bill was on Tuesday postponed
for six days following demand from Congress as one of its members in the panel
cannot attend the deliberations for being suspended from Lok Sabha, along with
24 other party MPs.
The move would mean
that committee will have to seek a fresh extension as its deadline ends on
August 7. The panel has decided to meet again on August 10 morning before
agreeing to bring back consent clause and social impact assessment in the land
acquisition law yesterday, the Joint Committee of Parliament was to discuss the
issue of clause relating to the time-frame after which a piece of unutilised
acquired land must be returned to its original owner.
Hours before the
meeting, Congress members approached committee chairman SS Ahluwalia of BJP,
urging him not to go ahead with the meeting as one of their members in panel,
Rajeev Satav, will not be able to attend as he has been suspended from Lok
Sabha for five days.
Suspension also means a
member’s inability to attend meetings of Parliamentary panels.
Ahluwalia placed the
matter before the committee where members agreed that the panel should meet
after August 7, when the suspension ends. They felt that since the panel is
striving for a unanimous report, one member should not be left out, especially
when virtually the entire opposition is opposing the suspension of 25 Congress
MPs for disrupting proceedings of Lok Sabha.
Now Ahluwalia will have
to seek a fresh extension, which is likely to come on Friday. Only yesterday,
the panel was granted fours days’ extension till August 7.
“We urged the Chair to
postpone the meeting and not to hold it in present circumstances,” panel member
from Congress Jairam Ramesh said, adding that NCP, BSP and TMC were supporting
Congress on the issue and JD(U), SP and CPI(M) too had verbally extended their
A combative opposition
today launched a united protest in Lok Sabha against the suspension of the 25
MPs as members of the Congress, TMC and NCP boycotted the proceedings and those
of the Left, SP and RJD walked out soon after the House met.