The Congress MP’s suggestion to allow the Standing Committee to “examine” the laws may be misplaced as it can only examine Bills, not Acts. It is prudent to wait for the report of the panel ordered by the apex court.
When a law is made by Parliament, it alone can repeal or suspend it. The Court has no power to stay it, and if it does so, then Parliament too can do the same to a court’s orders. This tussle has been there since the first Republic Day in 1950.
The theme has been an abiding one for the prime minister. While supporters say it will save public money and reduce administrative burden, critics say it is against the principle of cooperative federalism.
The passage of the Bills saw a notice of motion for the removal of the Deputy Chairman. But Article 122 says that the validity of any proceeding shall not be questioned for alleged irregularity of procedure.
The Lok Sabha has been without a Deputy Speaker for 15 months despite a mandate given by Article 93. The Speaker has to fix a date for the election but, intriguingly, Om Birla said it was not his job to do so.