Shankaramurthy supports demand for Council's rights

Legislative Council chairperson D H Shankaramurthy has extended his support to several of his counterparts across the country in their efforts to get the Legislative Council its Constitutional rights for functioning, independent of the Legislative Assembly.

Speaking to mediapersons, Shankaramurthy said there has been an effort to get these rights approved by the Parliament. At present, proposal for setting up of a Legislative Council (upper house) is passed and approved by the Legislative Assembly.

However, the flip-flop in neighbouring Tamil Nadu after the chief minister rescinded the DMK government orders to revive the Legislative Council, serious concerns are being raised over the survival of the Upper House in the State legislatures. It is said a delegation of Upper House chairpersons, led by Vice President Hamid Ansari, is set to chalk out a plan for seeking these Constitutional rights from Parliament. The proposed legislation to give the Council constitutional rights, will have to be approved by both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.

However, sources  said a meeting scheduled for the delegation over the past three months has been getting postponed. The legislature session in the State will be held from January 22 to 30.

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