At an all-party meeting, the government also got support on its proposal to bring an amendment to the Constitution to negate the impact of the Apex Court verdict directing immediate disqualification of MPs and MLAs on being sentenced for more than two years in a criminal case. (Agencies)
These were among four issues that were discussed in the meeting convened by the government to firm up a view on contentious issues.
The proposed Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, which seeks to replace the collegium system, was also discussed. Parties suggested that the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill should be referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee.
"...There is also consensus on the bills on reservation in AIIMS. All parties demanded amendment in the Representation of the People Act. All political parties want judicial commission bill should be introduced in this session," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said.
“Another issue was about the judgment. Suppose you are in police custody even for a day, then you do not have a right to vote nor can you file nomination for election. The government said that they want to amend the Representation of People Act to undo this. BJP supported this. Because I said the judiciary of this country allowed Italian marines, who are accused in the murder case of fishermen, to vote in Italy but the same judiciary did not allow a person who is convicted even for a day here. He has no right to vote. This is wrong," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said.
"Third one is disqualification. If one gets convicted for two years then he will forego his membership. The government has put forward four conditions before us. We want it to be referred to the Standing Committee," she said.
The issue of Robert Vadra's controversial land deals in Haryana was also raised by Sushma Swaraj. The Left parties maintained that the government should not have objections if any issue was raised. "We want to raise certain issues but we are facing hurdles from the ruling party. We want the House to run and the bills should be passed after discussion," she said.
The Opposition parties felt that the responsibility for the running the House was primarily that of the government. Swaraj asked why the opposition was not being allowed to raise the Vadra issue in Parliament. "Allow us to speak on the issue," she said.
Left parties accused Congress and BJP of "match fixing" and disrupting the House proceedings to prevent real issues afflicting the people from being raised. "Only if these two parties want, the House functions. If they don't, the House proceedings are disrupted,” CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said.
"Today the ruling party played a more important role in Lok Sabha in disrupting the House. The government has to show political will if it wants the House to function," Yechury added.
At an all-party meeting, the government also got support on its proposal to bring an amendment to the Constitution to negate the impact of the Apex Court verdict directing immediate disqualification of MPs and MLAs on being sentenced for more than two years in a criminal case.