BJP MLCs seek their involvement in Govt affairs as per LC mandate

BJP MLCs holding meeting in office chamber of Legislative Council Chairman on Monday.
BJP MLCs holding meeting in office chamber of Legislative Council Chairman on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 24: Expressing their resentment over not being consulted before preparing State budget, the BJP MLCs today decided to meet Governor Satya Pal Malik for seeking their involvement in Government affairs as per the mandate of Legislative Council.
“We fully support the present Governor Rule but for better redressal of problems, involvement of Legislators of the Upper House is must,” they resolved during a meeting of BJP MLCs, held today at the chamber of Chairman Legislative Council Haji Inayat Ali.
The meeting, attended by Ashok Khajuria, Ramesh Arora, Ajatshatru Singh, Charanjeet Singh, Surinder Ambardar, G L Raina and Vikram Randhawa, deliberated over various issues regarding working of the House and apprised the Chairman about concern of all MLCs.
They opined that Legislative Council House is a permanent constitutional body and should continue its main object of monitoring the working of departments as per assignment and through Council meetings. They further observed that before preparing budget, MLCs were not involved and their suggestions were not taken on record even till date. “Copies of the budget were also not provided to the MLCs, which is mandatory for the State,” they added.
Seeking continuation of the working of department related standing committees, the BJP MLCs expressed serious concern over non implementation of the recommendation of Joint House Committee report in Sadhaya Arora’s death case, which was endorsed by then Chief Secretary B B Vyas as well as the General Administration Department.
The BJP MLCs also decided that a memorandum be submitted to the Governor regarding protection and preservation of property of displaced Hindus from Kashmir and locating all types of encroachment on Hindu Temples, shrines and others. It was further decided that all the members irrespective of party will meet within a week and discus various issues regarding functioning of the Councils.