NEW DELHI: The introduction of the real estate regulator bill was deferred again on Tuesday as the government said it was consulting all parties and would consider the demand by some Rajya Sabha MPs to send it to a select committee. This would mean that the establishment of the regulator for protecting home buyers would get delayed further.
Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal asked why the bill was listed on Tuesday even as it was deferred last week. "Why is the bill included in the list of business?" he asked, adding that the government had not consulted any other political party although it had assured the House of the same.
He also demanded that the bill cannot be referred to a joint committee since it is a property of the upper House. Leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said he and JD(U) functionary Sharad Yadav had also given a notice for constituting a select committee on the bill and that it should not be referred to a joint committee.
Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the bill was listed as it was pending from the previous day's business. "I am not pursuing the bill. I would like to consult political parties before taking a final view whether to refer it to the select committee or to do something else."