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Opposition set to ‘attack’ govt over insurance bill, black money

The BSP has hinted that it may not go with the rest of the opposition parties on the Insurance Bill.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2014 2:04:48 pm
CM Mamata Banerjee expressed her anger over her party member following Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. (Source: Reuters photo) CM Mamata Banerjee expressed her anger over her party member following Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. (Source: Reuters photo)

With the Winter Session of Parliament finally underway, the Opposition is closing ranks on the issues of black money and increase of FDI limit in the insurance sector.

Following West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s call to “take the fight to Delhi”, the Trinamool Congress has given notice under rule 176 to Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari, seeking discussion on the black money issue after suspension of the Question Hour on Tuesday. The JD(U) too has given a notice on the same issue.

The Trinamool has also made it clear that they will continue to oppose the Insurance Bill. Party chief Mamata Banerjee, during her recent visit to Delhi, had said the Bill is detrimental to people’s interests, claiming that its provisions will create an “international chit fund”. The party is also trying to reach out to other opposition parties like Samajwadi Party, JD(U) and the Left on the issue. Trinamool chief spokesman Derek O’ Brien said the party wants discussion on black money under a rule that provides for voting. The party also plans to disturb Zero Hour and hold a dharna, if required, on the Parliament premises. As per the revised schedule of proceedings, the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha has been moved to noon and the House will start off with Zero Hour.

Trinamool chief spokesman Derek O’ Brien said the party wants discussion on black money under a rule that provides for voting. The party also plans to disturb Zero Hour and hold a dharna, if required, on the Parliament premises. As per the revised schedule of proceedings, the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha has been moved to noon and the House will start off with Zero Hour.

Meanwhile, JD(U) leader K C Tyagi said: “Black money was one of the key poll planks on which BJP won the Lok Sabha elections. But, the government has done nothing on this count since it came to power. We want a threadbare discussion on this. I have given a notice on behalf of the JD(U) for a discussion on the issue after suspension of the Question Hour tomorrow.”

The BSP has hinted that it may not go with the rest of the opposition parties on the Insurance Bill. BSP chief Mayawati said if the select committee examining the legislation accepts BSP’s suggestions, then it will not “unnecessarily” create hurdles in the Rajya Sabha. Following the induction of two members of the select committee — J P Nadda and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi — in the Union cabinet, the government has started the procedure for nominating V P Singh Badnore and Rangasayee Ramakrishna to the panel.

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