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Three bills put on the backburner by govt due to assembly elections in two states

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Three bills, two seeking to create legislative councils in Rajasthan and Assam and another for scrapping the one in Tamil Nadu, have been put on the backburner by the government due to assembly elections in two states and reservations expressed by one state government.

An inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh examining the three bills brought by the previous UPA government, has decided to take “no further action” due to assembly polls in Assam and Tamil Nadu in the middle of this year, sources said.

The Rajasthan government is learnt to have expressed reservation over creation of legislative council in the state.

The Rajasthan Legislative Council Bill, 2013 was introduced in Rajya Sabha in August 2013 when the state was having a Congress government.

The Assam Legislative Council Bill, 2013 seeks to re-establish the upper house in the state legislature which was abolished soon after Independence.

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Council (Repeal) Bill, 2012 was introduced in Rajya Sabha in May 2012 and it seeks to repeal the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council Act, 2010.

Legislative councils in states are set up by an Act of Parliament. In 2013, Assam and Rajasthan assemblies adopted resolutions for creation of legislative councils with 42 and 66 members respectively.

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