Parliament nod for revival of Legislative Council in TN

The stage is set for the revival of the Tamil Nadu legislative council, with Lok Sabha today approving a bill in this regard.

Last Updated: May 07, 2010, 00:50 AM IST

New Delhi: The stage is set for the revival of
the Tamil Nadu legislative council, with Lok Sabha today
approving a bill in this regard.

The AIADMK, which is in the Opposition in Tamil Nadu
Assembly, opposed the Bill and walked out of the Lok Sabha
along with Left parties, which too are against the revival of
the legislative council in the state.

The Rajya Sabha had passed the bill yesterday, within 24
hours of the Union Cabinet approving the measure.

Tamil Nadu Assembly had passed a resolution in this regard
by two-thirds majority on April 12 as the first step towards
the Legislative Council`s revival. UPA ally DMK is in power in
the state.

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Council Bill, moved by Law
Minister M Veerappa Moily in the Lok Sabha, provided for an
Upper House with 78 seats.

In 1986, when AIADMK was in power with late M G
Ramachandran as Chief Minister, the state Assembly had
resolved to abolish the Legislative Council.

Defending the Centre`s decision, Moily said there was "no
hurry" in getting the bill passed in Parliament as alleged by
parties such as the AIADMK, CPI-M and CPI opposing the revival
of the Legislative Council.

Parliament`s nod for creation of an Upper House in Tamil
Nadu comes in the wake of reports that Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi was considering advancing Assembly polls due in
May next year.

Responding to members` query as to why resolutions of
Punjab and Assam assemblies had not been taken up, Moily said
no other resolution passed by any state assembly for setting
up of a Legislative Council was pending with the Centre as of
today.

"Punjab government has in its last communication in 2002
stated that there is no need for a Legislative Council, as it
would be a financial burden on the small state. Assam has not
responded to the Legislation Department`s frequent reminders
on taking their resolutions forward," he said.

Supporting DMK member T R Baalu`s claim that the Council
was being revived in accordance with his party`s election
manifesto in 2006, the Law Minister said, "In a democracy,
political will of the people is reflected by the party that
comes to power with a majority."

-PTI