Govt returns BC Comm Bill to LS to undo amendments in RS

Govt returns BC Comm Bill to LS to undo amendments in RS

The government on Wednesday  returned to the Lok Sabha a Bill according constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes to undo amendments made by the Rajya Sabha during passage in August last year.

The discussion on The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the lower house of Parliament remained inconclusive on Wednesday as the House was abruptly adjourned after a verbal duel between Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee and Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh.

The Bill was passed without changes by the Lok Sabha. The Opposition in Rajya Sabha, however, got amendments passed.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said that the Bill was returned to undo the amendments.

Speaking on the Bill, Banerjee alleged that the BJP-led central government had not taken the views of the other parties. He also noted that the people of Other Backward Castes had opposed the Bill during the recent assembly polls in Gujarat. Minister Singh objected to Banerjee's allegation.

Banerjee complained to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that the ministers were trying to  silence the Opposition.

A ruckus ensued and Mahajan adjourned the House for the day.

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