Ensure scrutiny of bills, don’t legislate in haste: Kharge to govt

Congress president and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge asked the government on Thursday to ensure proper scrutiny of legislative bills by parliamentary panels and said there should be no enactment of laws in haste.

The opposition has been accusing the BJP-led NDA government of passing important bills in Parliament without adequate discussion or scrutiny.

In his farewell speech to 68 retiring Rajya Sabha members, Kharge recalled former vice president Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s words that the second chamber (Rajya Sabha) of Parliament is essential to prevent hasty legislation.

He said the ruling party enjoys a majority and thus, gets bills passed anyway.

“The hasty legislation we do. MPs are suspended and bills are passed. Hundred and forty-six MPs were removed from the House and bills were passed. This should be not done,” Kharge said.

The Congress leader said hasty legislation leads to amendments after amendments for correcting mistakes later on.

He emphasised that bills should first be scrutinised by parliamentary panels, such as standing committees and joint parliamentary committees.

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