New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday decided to form
`shadow` standing committees consisting of senior MPs and
research scholars to provide "philosophical guidance" to its
MPs to help them put across party views while attending the
actual meetings of parliamentary panels.
The issue was discussed at the party`s parliamentary
The `shadow` standing committees would consist of four
members each and would provide details of bills, policy
matters and financial issues which come up before actual
"In the meeting, BJP parliamentary party chairman LK
Advani advised the members to take active participation in the
standing committees where demands for grants of various
panels will come up during the recess of the Budget Session,"
party deputy leader in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia told
Ahluwalia said the party would keep a close watch on
the various bills approved by the Cabinet "and decide whether
to oppose it or not" when they are introduced in Parliament.
Besides senior MPs, BJP will take the assistance of
research scholars who work for the parliamentary party. "They
will provide philosophical guidance to MPs who are new to
parliamentary committees," he said.
In his address, Advani praised the MPs for being able to
voice their views on various issues like price rise, Women`s
Reservation Bill, Rail Budget and the General Budget.