A few days after the government re-promulgated the land acquisition ordinance, Opposition parties are discussing a proposal to quit the Joint Parliamentary Committee set up to scrutinise the legislation. The Congress, however, appeared to be divided on the issue of walking out of the panel although it is in touch with rest of the Opposition parties to sense their mood.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury feels there was no point in continuing in the panel as the government has sought to re-promulgate the ordinance even as the committee was doing its work. Sources said Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad was also in touch with leaders of various political parties and the sense the Congress has got was that not many are keen to “give the ruling side a free hand by leaving the panel.”
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“Anyway, the ruling side has the majority in the panel and they can prepare a report favourable to the government. But if the opposition quits, we will lose the opportunity to present dissent notes. Remember, how the BJP utilised the JPC on 2G spectrum allocation to attack us,” a senior party leader said.
Congress Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said his party will not walk out since it has been demanding parliamentary scrutiny of key bills. Another section in the Congress, however, feels the party will have to take a stand and rally other parties.