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Chair to decide whether bill pending in RS can be tabled in LS

Chair to decide whether bill pending in RS can be tabled in LS
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Kurien said he needed to study parliamentary rules and the constitutional provisions before deciding on the issue. "I reserve my ruling on this," he said. The insurance bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha.
Raising the issue, Naresh Agarwal (SP) wanted to know if any Bill can be introduced in the Lower House of Parliament, if it has been introduced in Rajya Sabha but has neither been withdrawn, nor passed or rejected.

"When a Bill is introduced in Rajya Sabha, it becomes the property of this House," he said, adding that bringing such a bill in Lok Sabha "is null and void".

Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said the government, using its "tyranny of the majority" in Lok Sabha, was bypassing Rajya Sabha in legislative business. "The property of Rajya Sabha is being snatched ... it is an encroachment on the rights of this House," he said.

"If withdrawing the bill (from Rajya Sabha) was not necessary (before introducing it in Lok Sabha), why did the government move (to withdraw them last week) and then withdraw the motion (to withdraw the bills)," he said.

Anand Sharma (Cong) said no new precedent must be created by allowing such a practice. "When a Bill is introduced in this House, the bill stays here because Rajya Sabha is permanent while Lok Sabha can be dissolved," he said.

Without mentioning of the Insurance Amendment Bill that allows 49 per cent foreign direct investment in the sector, he said Rajya Sabha appointed a Select Committee to consider the bill and the panel has given its report.
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