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Ordinance on Insurance is Mockery of Parliamentary Politics: Karunanidhi

Karunanidhi slammed Centre for adopting \"backdoor\" route to increase FDI limit in insurance sector, termed it as \"mockery of parliamentary politics.\"

Published: 26th December 2014 03:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2014 03:07 PM   |  A+A-

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DMK chief M Karunanidhi (PTI/File Photo)

By PTI

CHENNAI: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday slammed the Centre for adopting the "backdoor" route of ordinance to increase FDI limit in insurance sector, saying it amounted to "mockery of parliamentary politics."

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister also appealed President Pranab Mukherjee not to grant approval to the ordinance.

Karunanidhi recalled that BJP as an opposition party had strongly opposed the insurance reforms and argued that there won't be any assurance that the investing firms will not take back the money in the event of a crisis.

Having passed the Bill in Lok Sabha with majority, the government opted for ordinance since it lacked adequate numbers in the Upper House, he said in a statement here.

"In these circumstances, bringing an ordinance as a backdoor route by the government will make a mockery of parliamentary politics," Karunanidhi said.

While the Insurance Bill was taken up by a Select Committee after which it was tabled in Rajya Sabha, no discussion had taken place on it, the DMK chief said adding an ordinance in such a situation would amount to violating the "sanctity of Parliament."

The Bill seeks to increase FDI cap in insurance sector from  the current 26 to 46 per cent.

The DMK president said many of India's public sector undertakings were dependent and confident about funding from PSU insurance companies and wondered why government was desperate to promote FDI in the sector.

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