State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan once again used the floor of the House Tuesday to raise the issue of bills pending with the Governor. Later in the day, Governor Ram Naik wrote a letter to Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey seeking edited as well as unedited copies of the video and audio recording of the proceedings of the House.
Speaking on the bills, which are pending with the Raj Bhavan and some which have been referred to the President of India, Azam said that he has learnt many things in his eight terms as an MLA. He said that while showing a mirror to others, one should also see themselves in the mirror. There are certain limits set for everyone in the democratic set up, Azam said before pointing out that “there are various bills pending with the Governor’s house”.
As the Speaker pointed out that the discussion was not on Raj Bhavan, Azam said that he had to raise the issue not only for his department but also as a Parliamentary Affairs Minister.
He said that the pending bills are for development and if Governor has certain objections then government can withdraw them.
“But, we should first know what are the objections,” said Azam, adding that some of the bills have been forwarded to the President for reference when there was no need.
Later in the day, the Governor wrote a letter to the Speaker seeking edited as well as unedited copies of the the proceedings of the House. “I have come to know that Mr Azam Khan has given some statement regarding Governor’s House. I have written a letter to the Speaker seeking the copy of the transcript of the day’s proceedings. I would comment on the issue only after I go through the same,” Naik told The Indian Express.
Five months ago, Azam had targeted Raj Bhavan in the state Assembly for “stalling bills” following which Governor Ram Naik had questioned the abilities of the senior SP leader as state Parliamentary Affairs Minister.