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Trinamool, JD-U seek suspension of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha

PTI 24 Nov 2014, 15:52:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking to corner the government on the issue of black money, opposition parties like Trinamool Congress and JD-U have given a notice for suspension of Question Hour tomorrow to discuss the issue in Rajya Sabha.

The opposition is also likely to create hurdles in the passage of key legislations in the Upper House, including the labour reform bills, that will come up for consideration and passage tomorrow.

In a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Rajya Sabha, government today expressed its keenness to get the labour reform bills passed in the Upper House during the week.

While JD-U member K C Tyagi and Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien gave the notice today to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, others are likely to follow.

The opposition is trying to present a united face to corner the government on the issue and tomorrow Rajya Sabha is likely to witness some noisy scenes.

The motion to nominate two new members to the all-important Select Committee looking into the contentious Insurance Bill could also face rough weather in the wake of protests by Trinamool Congress, JD-U and others opposing the hike in FDI in insurance sector.

The two members from BJP to be replaced in the panel are Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and J P Nadda as they have become ministers.

“Black money was one of the key poll planks in the Lok Sabha elections on which BJP won, but the government has done nothing on this count in the last few months since it came to power. We want a threadbare discussion on this. I have given a notice on behalf of JD-U for a discussion on the issue after suspension of Question Hour tomorrow,” Tyagi said.

He said JD-U is against the Insurance Bill and has certain reservations on some provisions of the labour reform bills.

He said efforts are on to put up a united opposition in the Upper House on certain key issues and talks are on between various parties including the Left in this regard.

The government has listed the Labour Laws (Exemption from Furnishing Returns and Maintaining Registers by certain Establishments) Amendment Bill, 2011, and the Apprentices (Amendment) Bill, 2014 for consideration and passage in the Upper House.