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’13 bills passed by UPA amid uproar when Ansari was president of RS ‘| India News


NEW DELHI: On Thursday, senior government officials objected to claims by former Vice President Hamid Ansari in his recently released autobiography that the NDA felt entitled to pass bills in Rajya Sabha even amid the din, saying that the The former president of the Upper House raised no objection when 13 bills were passed in similar circumstances between 2007 and 2014 under the UPA.
“It is a case of selective outrage and late discovery of the procedure,” said a high-level government source. In his autobiography, ‘By Many A Happy Accident’, Ansari has written that “NDA felt that his majority in Lok Sabha gave him the ‘moral’ right to prevail over procedural impediments in Rajya Sabha.”
Ansari also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told him that he, in his role as chairman of Rajya Sabha, was not helping by not allowing bills to pass on the grounds of uproar in the House.
Government sources on Tuesday listed the 13 bills that were passed in RS during Ansari’s tenure and when the upper house was not in order. Legislation that passed through RS amid the din during the UPA years included the 2007 Competition (Amendment) Bill, Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Ban on Advertising and Regulation of Trade, Production, Supply and Distribution ( Amendment) Act 2007, All India Draft Institute of Medical Sciences and Institute of Education and Medical Research (Amendment), 2007, Regulated Castes and Tribes (Reserve in Posts and Services) Act, 2008, Information Technology (Bil Amendment), Street Vendors Act and Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, 2014.
In his autobiography, Ansari has argued that while bills could be allowed to pass by voice vote in a situation where the government enjoyed a clear majority and the opposition did not seek division, it would be technical, procedural. and morally impossible to pass the bills in din. assuming the majority for the government.
He also stated that the “practice of ‘not passing any bill in din’ was strictly observed during my tenure.” Government sources said that the passage of important bills, such as the one on the AP partition, refuted Ansari’s claim of coherence.
“He chose different criteria for the reasons he knows best,” said another government source. “It is a late discovery of a principle,” said the source.
Ansari, a UPA nominee, had a troubled equation with the Modi government that he felt was not being fair to the new government. In his address at Ansari’s farewell, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he (Ansari) was “constrained” by the experiences he gained during his tenure as a diplomat in West Asia, at the National Minority Commission and the Muslim University of Aligarh. . . “That was your girth,” Modi had said.

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