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Hyderabad, January 17, 2015 (Agencies) Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi strongly opposed the decisions taken by the Committee on Rules of the Telangana State Legislative Assembly. In a letter written to the Secretary of Telangana State Legislature on Friday, Akbaruddin Owaisi said he could not attend the Committee’s meeting held on January 6 as he was undergoing treatment in London. 

 “I came to know through the media that several key decisions were taken at the meeting, where some Ministers and representatives of AIMIM and two other parties were not present,” he said. Among other things, Akbaruddin Owaisi said the committee was said to have decided to reduce the days allotted for debate on the Motion of Thanks for the Governor's address and the general discussion on budget to four days each. 

 “The entire budget session is to be wound up in 20 days of sittings, as against the usual 29 days of sittings. I would like to point out that this meeting was held for framing the rules to run the House but, unfortunately, the committee took decisions on restricting the sittings of the august House. As per convention, it is the Business Advisory Committee that recommends the time that should be allocated for the discussions on the Bills and other business of the House and the number of days that the House shall meet,” he said.

Akbaruddin Owaisi said the Rules could not be summarily changed and the powers and functions of the Business Advisory Committee could not be taken away in this manner. Moreover, he said the Rules of Procedure provide for the constitution of 18 legislature committees, apart from the BAC.  “However, from the media reports, I learn that the Rules Committee meeting on January 6 decided to reduce the number of Legislature Committees to only 12. This is unfair. I strongly object to the decisions purportedly taken at the meeting of the Rules Committee,” he said.

 The MIM leader said the creation of a new State did not mean that the legislative procedures could be shortened or the number of legislature committees reduced because the right of members for thorough debates could not be curtailed and the subjects that the committees deal with are not going to disappear. He urged the Secretary to keep the decisions taken at the meeting of Rules Committee in abeyance till the matters were discussed thoroughly at the forthcoming meetings of the committee.

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