BSP forces Legislative Council to send two bills to select committee

Taking advantage of its majority in the UP Legislative Council, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) scored a victory over the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday when it succeeded in sending two bills to a select committee of the House.

While one bill is meant to disband the State Law Commission, the other is meant to rename the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) as King George Medical University (KGMU), its original name. Both bills replace ordinances issued in the inter-session period. The UP Legislative Assembly had passed both the bills on Tuesday.

The select committees will have time of one month to submit their reports. Chairman of the Legislative Council Ganesh Shankar Pandey said that names of members of the select committees would be announced later. Leader of Opposition Naseemuddin Siddiqui first proposed to refer the bill of CSMMU to a select committee. He said: "The Samajwadi Party government has always been against English and Englishmen, but now they are opposing the naming of the university after a great man Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj." Siddiqui said that railway stations, parks and other places were named after Englishmen before freedom. "After freedom, these places were renamed after great Indian men," he added and demanded that the government should withdraw the bill or it should be referred to a select committee.

Leader of the House Ahmed Hasan said that the medical university was more than 100 years old and lakhs of students had received degrees from it with its older name. "The changed name — CSMMU — was creating problem of identification for students worldwide," Hasan said.

In support of the bill to disband the State Law Commission, Hasan said that the commission was useless as it was not able to fulfill its objective. While moving for referring the bill to the select committee, Siddiqui said that the government was misguiding the House. "The government should explain how the commission was useless," he said.

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