The special session of the Uttarakhand Assembly began on a peaceful note on Monday but Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna would not be able to get the new Lokayukta Bill passed before the January 17 AICC meeting.
The special session has been convened to pass the Lokayukta Bill, 2014 to replace the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill passed during the tenure of BJP chief minister B C Khanduri in 2011. The state government claimed the new Lokayukta Bill is modelled on the centre’s Lokpal.
Sources said Bahuguna wanted to attend the January 17 AICC meeting after getting the new Lokayukta Bill passed but as per the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), the new Lokayukta Bill would be tabled only on January 20.
“The BAC has decided that new Lokayukta Bill would be tabled on January 20,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Indira Hridyesh said. She made it clear that the first day of the session was meant for the Governor’s address as decided by the BAC on January 10. She said January 14 is a holiday and the BSP, which is supporting the government, had requested the BAC not to run the House on January 15 in view of BSP meeting in Lucknow.