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
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.