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Congress set to lose chairmanship of key parliamentary panel to BJP MP

Presently, the panel on law and justice besides finalising a report on political funding is also evaluating recommendation given to replace the first-past-the-post electoral system

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Congress set to lose chairmanship of key parliamentary panel to BJP MP

The is set to lose chairmanship of a key parliamentary panel, which is finalising a report on political funding, owing to a fall in its numbers in the

According to sources in the Secretariat, MP Anand Sharma, who is heading the standing committee on personnel, and justice, is likely to be replaced by BJP's Bhupender Yadav.


Out of the total eight standing committees, the is heading three panels -- home affairs, and a third combined committee on personnel, public grievances, and

Top leaders are believed to have conveyed to the leadership that since the Opposition party's strength has declined to 57, equivalent to the ruling side's in the Rajya Sabha, it cannot chair three panels in the Upper House.

At present, the panel on and besides finalising a report on political funding, is also evaluating recommendations given to replace the first-past-the-post electoral system with proportionate representation.

The alleged that the move is being made "as per the whims" of the ruling

Stating that sanctity of parliamentary democracy is at stake, chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that whims of a seem to be taking precedence over established democratic parliamentary procedure.

"And that is what is objecting to and we shall fight it out," he told PTI.

Besides the Congress, the is heading two panels, while one committee each is chaired by the SP, the and the

All 24 department-related standing committees are due for restructuring for their new term.

First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 15:16 IST
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