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MPs Concerned over ‘Erosion’ of Parliamentary Supremacy

  • NEW DELHI, India

    An all-party meeting on Thursday voiced concern over “erosion of supremacy” of Parliament and sought a response to recent Supreme Court judgments on disqualification of legislators and barring those behind bars from contesting elections. MPs also demanded changes in the mechanism of higher judiciary appointments.

    The meeting, convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath ahead of the Monsoon Session beginning Monday, saw leaders of all parties being critical of the Supreme Court judgments on the issue of reservations.

    After the 90-minute meeting, Nath told reporters all parties had expressed concern over the judgments and wanted the National Judicial Commission Bill to be introduced as well as passed in this session.

    Some leaders wanted the government to “respond” to the apex court judgment against reservation in the faculty of AIIMS and orders relating to disqualification of MPs, which they felt could lead to vendetta and anarchy.

    The session, which concludes Aug. 30, will have 16 sittings. As many as 44 bills are planned to be taken up for consideration while six are to be withdrawn and 14 are to be introduced.

    The Food Security Bill, on which an ordinance is already in place, is among the proposed legislation. While the BJP demanded that the bill on formation of separate Telangana be brought in this session itself for consideration and passage, the government said it would have to follow legal process under which a resolution is first required to be passed by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

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