Over 2,700 amendments to Prez`s address to Parl
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 21:54
  
New Delhi: More than 2,700 amendments to the President's Address to Parliament have been submitted in both Houses in a bid to corner the government on issues like NCTC, federalism and corruption.

Of the over 2,700 amendment notices given by members in both Houses on the Presidential Address delivered by Pratibha Patil on March 12, 2,667 have been accepted. The others were not accepted as they were not submitted within the stipulated time, Parliamentary sources said.

Political parties including the BJP, TMC, NC, BJD, AIADMK, DMK, Left parties, TDP, JD(U), SAD and Shiv Sena are likely to move amendments to the Presidential Address ranging from formation of NCTC without consulting the state governments, alleged assault on federalism by the Centre, atrocities against Sri Lankan Tamils, Lokpal Bill and the fight against corruption and other issues.

Even UPA allies like TMC, DMK and NC are opposed to parts of the Presidential Address and will move amendments which will be an embarrassment for the Congress.

While the West Bengal (TMC) and Jammu and Kashmir (NC) governments are opposed to NCTC, DMK and other parties are miffed that the President did not make any mention on the attacks on Sri Lankan Tamils by the government there towards the fag end of the war against LTTE.

Other than the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which was announced through an Office Memorandum, opposition parties have alleged that the federal structure has repeatedly been breached by the Centre and there is all-round corruption in government.

Some of the parties may even move cut-motions on some schemes mentioned in the Address.

These amendments are likely to be clubbed together and put to a voice vote, sources said.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 21:54


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