Chennai: President Pratibha Patil has
given her assent to a bill passed by Parliament for
establishing the legislative council in Tamil Nadu, 14 years
after it was abolished.
The act was notified in the gazette after the
The council would have 78 members, of whom 26 would be
elected by the Tamil Nadu Assembly and 12 would be nominated
by the governor, an official release said.
The rest would be elected from constituencies created
for graduates, teachers and local bodies.
With this, the process of establishing a legislative
council, abolished by AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran in 1986
when he was chief minister, has been set in motion.
The Tamil Nadu government has appointed a senior
official of the assembly A M P Jamaludeen as Officer on
Special Duty for works related to forming the Council.