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July 27, 1982, Forty Years Ago: Opposition Quits

All six Opposition members on the Public Undertakings Committee and the Public Accounts Committee resigned in protest.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the leaders of Opposition parties in the House. They felt that the chairman’s ruling had reduced the Rajya Sabha to a second class position.

While rejecting fresh privilege notices which had arisen out of the Kuo Oil deal issue, Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, M Hidayatullah ruled that the “Rajya Sabha is incompetent to meddle in the affairs of the Committee on Public Undertakings.” All six Opposition members on the Public Undertakings Committee and the Public Accounts Committee resigned in protest. The decision was taken following a meeting of the leaders of Opposition parties in the House. They felt that the chairman’s ruling had reduced the Rajya Sabha to a second class position. The decision was unanimous.

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First published on: 27-07-2022 at 05:20:34 am
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