Govt’s panel on legislative council to visit Bihar, AP in July


Bhubaneswar: A committee on setting up a legislative council will leave for Bihar and Andhra Pradesh in July to make a detailed study about the formation and functioning of their upper houses of legislature, Commerce and Transport Minister Nrusingha Charan Sahu said on Thursday.

The committee headed by Sahu will visit Bihar and Andhra Pradesh on July 4 and 5 respectively and study the functioning of the legislative council in these states. The committee will submit a report on their study to the Chief Minister Office.

BJD legislators Pramila Mallick and Manohar Randhari, Congress’s Bhujabal Majhi and BJP MLA Nitesh Gangdev are the members of the panel. However, Congress MLA Majhi has reportedly refused to join the panel during the visit.

Speaking about Majhi’s refusal to the visit, the Commerce and Transport Minister said the Congress MLA should rethink on his decision. “I do not have any information that he has resigned from the committee,” Sahu said, adding that the panel will visit the two states even if the opposition members would not join.

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