Oppn to approach Guv over pvt varsity Bills

 The Opposition Congress and the JD(S) will approach Governor H R Bhardwaj and appeal to him not to give assent to any of the Private Universities Bills passed in both the Houses during the Belgaum session.

The Opposition parties said that the Government better be prepared for the legislations to be withdrawn by the next Government.

Speaking to reporters in the lounge of the Legislative Council, leaders of the Opposition in the House, S R Patil (Cong) and M C Nanaiah (JD-S) said the government was “bulldozing” the Opposition parties and passing “controversial” private universities bills in “haste.”

Nanaiah alleged that there was a huge lobby and “influential people” behind the drafting of the Bills, which would be detrimental to the education sector, if enacted.

‘Legislation for money’

“It is a Rs 100-crore scam. It is more than evident that those with vested interests are behind these Bills. These are nothing but legislation for money.

We had specifically requested the Chairman of the House to ensure that all Bills be sent to the Opposition leaders, at least two days in advance. But we are now informed that all these controversial Bills are being passed in haste on the last day of the session.

We are not being any time to even discuss the Bills. The government did the same with the Alliance University Bill,” he said. Attacking the Government for not allowing an effective debate on these Bills, Patil said that the passage of these would have dire consequences.

“What’s the point in being a legislator when we are not allowed to participate in the enactment of important legislations? The government is all set to commercialise the education sector,” he said.

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