NEW DELHI:: Congress seems set to lose the chairmanship of the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice, personnel and grievances, headed by deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma.
It is learnt that BJP MP Bhupender Yadav will replace Sharma as chair of the crucial panel – an issue that triggered a standoff between the government and the principal opposition party. The law and justice panel has been in the news for starting a discussion on the limitations of the ‘first past the post’ system in elections and the desirability of ‘proportional representation’. Key opposition parties are learnt to have told the committee that the electoral system should be a mix of ‘first past the post’ and ‘proportional representation’.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu is learnt to have decided to allot the panel to BJP. The decision came in the wake of Congress numbers in Rajya Sabha falling below the tally required for it to hold on to the panels it chairs, as reported by TOI. Now, Congress and BJP are locked at 57 MPs each, and both will head two Rajya Sabha-chaired panels. Congress was reluctant to give up the panel and told the government that it was willing to surrender the one on science and technology. But the government insisted that Congress cede law and justice.