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Bihar: NDA complain that Governor withholding bills

Last Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 19:41

Patna: Ruling NDA members on Monday raised the
issue of Bihar Governor Devanand Konwar reportedly withholding
Bihar University and Patna University (Amendments) Bill 2010,
making amendments to previous act seeking to curtail certain
sweeping powers of chancellor in running universities.

Konwar in his capacity of Governor is also Chancellor of
Universities in Bihar.
The bill was already passed by both houses of the state

Senior BJP MLA Amrendra Pratap Singh raised the issue
through a special reference in the House.

He informed the House that the bill had already been
passed by it on March 26, 2010 but it remained withheld in the
Governor`s secretariat since then.

Singh further said the withholding of the bills was
against the `prestige` of the House.

"Whether it is a money bill or treated otherwise is
the sole discretion of the Speaker and withholding the bills
by the Governor`s Secretariat is a matter of concern for the
parliamentary system," Singh said.
Ruling JD(U) member Usha Srivastava too supported Singh
and wanted the ruling of the Chair.

BJP member Vinod Narayan Jha alleged that the Governor`s
Secretariat withholding the bill is an encroachment of the
rights of the House and if the practice persists it will
weaken Legislative powers.

Speaker U N Choudhary said he would personally look into
the matter.

Leader of the Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui said any
attempt to bring the Speaker and Raj Bhavan on a collision
course was "not good for parliamentary democracy" and the
matter be resolved by the office of the Speaker and the
Governor`s Secretariat.

According to HRD sources, the bill seeks to make
amendments to the previous act seeking to curtail some
sweeping powers of the Chancellor. The bill also seeks to lay
down a criteria about the appointments of law officers of the


First Published: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 19:41
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