Ordinance on Mishra needs to cross RS hump

New Delhi :  The Modi government’s move to amend the TRAI Act to facilitate the appointment of the ex-chairman Nripendra Mishra as the principal secretary to the prime minister is something that could

test the working relationship between the treasury benches and the virtually decimated opposition Congress in Parliament during the next few weeks.

Cong slams BJP’s ordinance route on ex-TRAI chief l From Our Bureau

With the first session beginning on June 4, the government would need the approval of both the houses of the Parliament for this ordinance. As the numbers stand, the NDA does not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha and would have to depend on the Congress for the passage of the bill replacing the ordinance.

Though for the last ten years as the party heading the ruling coalition, Congress has suffered at the hands of the BJP for its disruptive tactics in Parliament, the party spokespersons have been asserting that it would play a constructive role. ‘‘Notwithstanding our experience, we would not be negative in our approach,” said party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

But this approach has not prevented former I& B minister Manish Tiwari from finding fault with the ordinance route taken by the BJP. He questioned the urgency in bringing the ordinance when Parliament is set to begin its first session. “With Parliament scheduled to meet, there was no immediacy which necessitated that the ordinance route should be taken,” he said. In the past the BJP has maintained that the ordinance route is undemocratic.

“The BJP had been very critical. Now, just because they have a majority in Parliament, they have decided to adopt a process which, for lack of better words, borders on impropriety,” Tiwari added.

Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Ajay Maken has also questioned the move. “The same BJP had opposed the Congress when we had brought food security and anti-corruption measures through ordinance”, he observed, while maintaining that the party had nothing to say against the officer concerned, who has an honest and upright image.

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