Odisha BJP rejects 5-Member Panel to study Legislative Council

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 09: Condemning the Odisha government plan to constitute a State Legislative Council, the BJP on Friday rejected the five-member committee set up by the state government to study the functioning of legislative councils in other states.

The state BJP questioned the government for a hurry to form the legislative council and the process adopted for the formation of the committee.

BJP legislature party leader in the state assembly Basanta Panda said, "It seems the government is in hurry to form the legislative council to rehabilitate its members who lost the elections or did not get the party ticket. It has not even bothered to inform the BJP member, who has been named in the committee, the legislature party leader or even the party president, who is also a member of the House, before announcing the decision.

Panda demanded an all party meeting should be convened over this issue, adding, "we would have accepted the panel if it had been done by the Speaker".

In his opinion, it is the party which should nominate the member in the committee and not the government.

Reacting to the BJP decision, the Parliamentary Affairs minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said that the members from the BJD, BJP and Congress have been included in the panel as per the democratic procedure. The team will visit Maharashtra, Karnataka and submit a report by the end of this month.

The government is following the democratic principles and expects that the nominated members will be part of the committee, said the minister.

It should be noted that the government has formed a 5-member panel to study the functioning of legislative councils in other states. While Nrusingha Sahu, Pramila Mallick and Manohar Randhari from the ruling BJD were nominated as the committee members, Bhujbal Majhi and Nitesh Gangdev were named from Congress and BJP respectively.

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