Oppn forces govt to defer agri varsity bill in RS

A day after embarrassment in LS on the Constitution Amendment Bill on Lokpal, government was today forced by Opposition to defer introduction of a bill in the RS for setting up an agri univ in Bundelkhand region of UP.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 13:24 PM IST

New Delhi: A day after embarrassment in Lok
Sabha on the Constitution Amendment Bill on Lokpal, government
was today forced by Opposition to defer introduction of a bill
in the Rajya Sabha for setting up an agriculture university in
Bundelkhand region of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

"Introduction of the Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural
University Bill, 2011 is deferred," Deputy Chairman K Rahman
Khan announced, as the government could not get support from
the Left and BJP members even after three adjournments.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla
and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar held consultations with
leaders of the Left and the BJP in the Deputy Chairman`s
chamber.

The UPA does not enjoy majority in the Rajya Sabha which
has an effective strength of 243 members.

The House was first adjourned in the morning for 30
minutes after CPI-M and BJP opposed introduction of the bill,
stating the Centre does not have powers to incorporate a
university.

When Pawar sought leave to introduce the bill, P Rajeeve
(CPI-M) rose to state that as per Union List, the Central
Government has no right to bring a legislation for
incorporation of a university.

He found support in the BJP which also disallowed the
government to bring the legislation.

Pawar cited precedence of central agriculture university
in Imphal to say that the Central government had the powers to
do so.

"Constitutional provisions cannot be replaced by a
precedence," Rajeeve said, adding as per entry number 44 in
the Union List, Schedule 7 of the Constitution, incorporation
of a university was under jurisdiction of the state
government.

The UPA could not get the Constitutional Amendment Bill on
Lokpal passed in the Lower House last night as it fell short
of numbers.

PTI