Govt`s right to decide timing of introduction of N-Bill: Congress
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Last Updated: Monday, March 15, 2010, 18:25
  
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday downplayed the government's decision not to introduce the Nuclear Liabilities Bill, saying the government has the right to decide the timing on bringing the legislation in the House.

"The practice of not introducing a Bill is not uncommon... The government has a right to decide the timing of the introduction of a Bill and hold consultations," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here.

Civil Liabilities for Nuclear Damages Bill 2010 was listed on the business of the Lok Sabha on Monday but government decided not to introduce it following opposition from the Left and the BJP.

Asked whether the Bill was deferred as the government feared it did not have the numbers in the Lok Sabha, Singhvi shot back, "I reject the allegation that it was postponed as it did not have the numbers. We have full support of the Lok Sabha."

Party sources, however, maintained that opposition of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to the Bill at the last moment was one of the main reasons for its deferment.

The sources maintained that in the Cabinet meeting held around a fortnight back where the Bill was cleared, no such objection came from the TMC leader.

"Mamata's opposition has been a subsequent development. The TMC has some reservations," a party source said, adding if they came to know this reaction from Mamata earlier, they would not have listed it for business today.

PTI


First Published: Monday, March 15, 2010, 18:25


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