Cong in two minds over supporting Trai bill

Cong in two minds over supporting Trai bill

Cong in two minds over supporting Trai bill

The Congress is weighing its options over supporting the NDA government in amending a law to regularise the appointment of Nripendra Mishra as the principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A section of the Congress leadership was of the opinion that the party should oppose the Modi government in the Rajya Sabha where it is the single largest party. The Congress has 68 members in the Upper House as against 43 of the BJP.

“We will oppose the Bill,” a senior Congress leader said when asked about the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill.

The Trai Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The present Act bars a former Trai chairman from holding any government office. When Mishra was chosen by Modi as his principal secretary, the Centre promulgated an Ordinance to facilitate the appointment. 

However, Congress’ allies do not share the view and NCP chief Sharad Pawar has made it clear that his party would not oppose the Bill in Parliament.

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