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Bill passage worse than Emergency: Mamata

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: February 19, 2014 1:26 am | Updated: February 19, 2014 1:27 am

West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said the passage of Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha by voice vote despite her party’s demand for division is “worse than Emergency”. Trinamool has asked for an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday to lodge its protest.

“Parliamentary procedure requires that even if one MP asks for division it should be allowed. The fact that despite our party, which has 29 MPs in the two Houses, asking for a division, and a government which is anyway in a comatose state tries to bulldoze a constitution amendment Bill is worse than Emergency, a disaster for democracy. My party has asked for time from the President to protest… The Bill effectively has not been passed because what happened was illegal,” Banerjee said minutes before meeting activist Anna Hazare at the party’s South Avenue office.

The Bill, however, was not a constitution amendment Bill.

The Trinamool chief said passing the Bill in a rush was a piece of political gimmickry that the UPA government has resorted to in the garb of a Parliament session to pass vote on account, knowing fully well that its “time is limited”.

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