An Embarrassment For Government as an Opposition Amendment is Cleared

New Delhi(PTI): The Rajya Sabha amended on Tuesday the motion of thanks to the President for his address in Parliament to convey the House’s regret that he didn’t mention failure of the government to bring back black money stashed abroad.

An Embarrassment For Government as an Opposition Amendment is Cleared

This is the fourth time the Rajya Sabha has amended the motion of thanks on the annual address of the President to Parliament. The previous occasions were January 30, 1980, December 29, 1989, and March 12, 2001.

Tuesday’s amendment to the motion for the President’s February 23 speech is seen as an embarrassment for the BJP-led government.

The party has pledged to go after black money concealed at home and in foreign banks in the run-up to the 2014 general elections.

The amendment also reinforced the Narendra Modi government’s dependence on the Opposition in the Upper House, where the ruling NDA is in a minority.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury insisted on putting the amendment to vote after the government turned down the Opposition’s request to seek clarifications to Prime Minister Modi’s reply on the debate.

“Even the leader of opposition was not allowed to speak,” Yechury said before seeking a headcount.

Amendments to the motion of thanks on the President’s address “constitute unique landmarks in the evolution of our democracy and impart distinct identity to the council of states and enhance its importance as a legislative and deliberative chamber”, Rajya Sabha documents say.