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Centre mulling all-party panel?

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In view of the strong opposition from various party leaders including Chief Minister and the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra region, the Congress government is contemplating to set up an all-party committee on the vexatious issue to hear those unwilling to appear before the Antony Committee.

  • Minister Kamal Nath hints at such option to TDP MPs
  • It could hear those not willing to meet Antony panel

Hyderabad: In view of the strong opposition from various party leaders including Chief Minister and the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra region, the Congress government is contemplating to set up an all-party committee on the vexatious issue to hear those unwilling to appear before the Antony Committee.

This indication was given on Thursday by Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Kamalnath. He sounded TDP members Venugopala Reddy and Nimmala Kistappa about it at a meeting held in the Speaker’s chambers. Kistappa told The Hans India that they had told the minister that the government should first put up a detailed proposal indicating what would be the purpose of the committee, its powers and terms of reference. Only after that they would give their opinion.

Kistappa said even the proposal was vague. There was no clarity on the nature of the committee. They should clarify if it would a committee of members of the House or a Statutory Committee. He opined that could be a strategic move on the part of the government to ensure that the House would not get disrupted and they can push through the Food Security Bill. Similar opinion was expressed by Congress MP K Narayana Rao.

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