Left to decide on government committee membership after trust vote

July 19th, 2008 - 11:13 am ICT by IANS  

Agartala, July 19 (IANS) The Left parties will decide after Tuesday’s trust vote whether to continue their membership in various parliamentary and government committees, party sources said here Saturday. The Left has withdrawn support to the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) over the India-US civil nuclear deal. “We will discuss whether Left MPs should be a part of parliamentary and government committees or not after Tuesday’s trust vote,” Khagen Das, a member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) central committee, told IANS before leaving for New Delhi to attend the committee’s two day meeting.

Left party MPs are currently members of various government and parliamentary committees.

They are likely to stay on in the parliamentary committees till the end of the Lok Sabha. Parliamentary standing committees and ad-hoc committees have MPs from both the government and the opposition. There are 17 standing committees among both houses of parliament.

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