Centre nod for setting up Tamil Nadu legislative council

The government on Tuesday night gave its in principle approval to a proposal to revive Legislative Council in Tamil Nadu, which was abolished in 1986.

Last Updated: May 04, 2010, 23:58 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Tuesday night gave its in
principle approval to a proposal to revive Legislative Council
in Tamil Nadu, which was abolished in 1986.

The meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, cleared the proposal paving way for
introduction of a Bill to this effect in Parliament.

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Council, which was part of the
state legislature since 1937, was abolished in November, 1986
when AIADMK was in power.

In May that year, the Assembly adopted a resolution
seeking to abolish the Upper House. Subsequently, Parliament
adopted the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council (Abolition) Bill,
which got Presidential assent in August 1986.

Revival of the upper house is one of the promises the
ruling DMK made in the run-up to the 2006 assembly election.
Recently, the state assembly passed a resolution to revive the
legislative council.

The party was not successful in reviving the council when
it was in power in 1989-91 and 1996-2001 as it did not command
a two-thirds majority in the assembly.

The Legislative Council consists of not more than 1/3rd
of the total strength of the Legislative Assembly of the state
and not less than 40.

The members of the Legislative Council are elected as
well as nominated. Broadly, 5/6th of the total members of the
Council are indirectly elected and 1/6th are nominated by the
Governor.

-PTI