The opposition memorandum said it is mandatory under Rule

The opposition memorandum said it is mandatory under Rule

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The opposition memorandum said it is mandatory under Rule
82 that the Minister shall inform the House in writing whether the recommendation of the President for moving amendments has been given, withheld or rejected.
It said any legislation, especially the one like IT Amendment Bill, which not only relates to taxation but also involves the issue of eliminating the scourge of black money, calls for a detailed discussion in both Houses of Parliament.
“The government, for reasons beyond our comprehension, passed this Bill without affording opportnity and depriving us of our democratic rights and privileges as Members of the Houses, a travesty to the principles of democracy,” the memorandum said.
TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said as many as 16 opposition parties got together and explained to the President how the Income Tax Amendment Bill was taken up and passed.
“We are all aggrieved about how the democratic system and Parliamentary rules and procedures are being violated. So we made a fervent appeal to the President to intervene and see to it that the bills are passed according to rules and procedures. We hope we will get positive results,” he said.
Bandyopadhyay said the opposition was united on the issue and hoped it will remain so. “If all opposition parties are united, we can do so many things,” he said.
Incidently, the last time TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met the President demanding roll back of demonetisation, the Congress and some leading opposition parties were not present.
Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, “This is a big blow to democracy and there is an attempt being made by this government to trample democracy in the country.”
He said the Prime Minister spoke more outside Parliament than inside which was causing problems. PTI PR/SKC SK
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