Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari has decided that a remark by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that the Congress claimed showed the Upper House in poor light does not need to be referred to the Privileges Committee.
Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry had sought to haul Jaitley to the Privileges Committee for questioning the wisdom of letting the “indirectly elected” house of Parliament, i.e Rajya Sabha, repeatedly block decisions of the “directly-related” Lok Sabha.
Mistry, a Congress general secretary, had claimed that the statement, made in July, was demeaning to the stature of the Rajya Sabha and its chairman.
“The statement…puts the Rajya Sabha as inferior to the Lok Sabha and creates an impression in the minds of the people…that Rajya Sabha has no authority… ,” Mistry had argued and submitted a notice have the matter referred to the Privileges Committee.
Jaitley had, however, stood by his statement, describing it as a “legitimate political comment”.
Mistry said he had been informed by the Rajya Sabha secretariat on Tuesday that Ansari had “not found it fit” to refer the matter to the Privileges Committee.