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Congress makes sustained bid for KVP Bill, even as `money bill' puts a snag

Tue, Jul 26, 2016, 04:40 PM
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday reverberated with the demand for voting on the Private Member's Bill of KVP Ramchandra Rao, with the Chair rejecting the demand on the ground he had already given his ruling about alternative Friday. The Chair fixed the alternative Friday for discussion, keeping his final ruling in suspense.

The members made a distinction between a private member's bill and a money bill. The opposition saying one thing and the government side the other. The bone of contention is whether a Private Member Bill could be voted as a money bill.

The Chair put an end to the discussion by saying he would not give his ruling right away but for the present the leader of the House, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's argument would be acceptable. The House should go by what he says.

Arun Jaitley on his part said there could be a discussion on the KVP bill but no voting. Whereas the Opposition headed by Sitaram Yechury of the CPIM wanted voting on the KVP Bill. So was also the Congress demand for voting.

Sitaram Yechury said the House had discussed the KVP Bill already, only a voting on it was pending.

It was an interesting sight to see YCP leader Vijaysai Reddy standing by the side of Sitaram Yechury throughout the parleys.

The Congress made a vociferous bid for a discussion and voting. Its members rushed to the well of the House with placards and made a continuous chant of `We want voting, we want voting'. Alternatively they shouted, we want justice.

With the Congress taking over AP's case without let or hindrance in the Upper House, there is no doubt that the State's point of view would be heard in parliament. But yet there is the distinction whether a private member can move a money bill. For the present it all hinges on the Chair's ruling in the matter, come August 5, alternative Friday.
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