Congress govt had promulgated 61 ordinances in ten years: Venkaiah
0Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu regretted Congress opposed the bill in spite of the fact that it was neither an ideological issue nor one against the interest of the nation.
He said the bill, which was approved by the Lok Sabha today, was just aimed at removing legal hurdles in the appointment of former TRAI chief Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to the prime minister.
‘It was intended for the prime minister to have his own secretary’, Naidu told reporters.
Trashing the Congress charge that parliamentary practices and procedures have been trampled with by bringing the bill through an ordinance route, Naidu said the UPA government had brought as amany as 61 ordinances.
UPA brought eight ordinances in 2004, 4 in 2005, 3 in 2006, 8 in 2007, 8 in 2008, 9 in 2009, 4 in 2010, 3 in 2011, 1 in 2012, 11 in 2013 and 2 in 2014, Naidu said.
Naidu expressed confidence that the government would get the TRAI amendment bill passed in the Rajya Sabha as well in spite of the fact that NDA does not have a majority in the Upper House.
The minister has been in touch with a number of opposition leaders including those of DMK, AIADMK, BSP, NCP and JD-U and had also informally reached out to Left parties.
Asked about the ‘U-turn’ done by Trinamool Congress on the issue, he said the party had done the ‘right turn’.
Though TMC member Saugata Roy had given a statutory resolution disapproving of the ordinance which the bill seeks to replace, party leader Sudip Bandhoyapadhy supported the measure on the floor of the House.
He steered clear of questions on the issue of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha saying the matter was in the domain of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.