New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) old guards LK Advani and Shanta Kumar have been elected to the Committee on Public Undertakings while Murli Manohar Joshi has been made a member in the Committee on Estimates as three parliamentary panels were reconstituted on Wednesday with their terms beginning on May 1.
Elections to the committees on Estimates, Public Undertakings and Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were held on Tuesday while the Public Accounts Committee will be reconstituted soon. In a tough signal that it expects its MPs to take work seriously, BJP has dropped nearly a dozen members from these panels whose tenure ends on April 30.
The 20-member Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes include BJP MP and former Jharkhand DGP VD Ram and LJP MP Ramchandra Paswan.
The Committee on Estimates has 30 members. BJP members in the panel are Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Ram Tahal Choudhary Sonaram Choudhary, Raman Deka, Sanjay Dhotre, PC Gaddigoudar, Sudheer Gupta, Murli Manohar Joshi, Poonam Mahajan, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Rajesh Pandey, Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Raosaheb Danve Patil, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Anil Shirole, Jugal Kishore Sharma and Rajesh Verma.
Other members are Sultan Ahmed and Kalyan Banerjee (Trinamool Congress), A Arunmozhithevan and P Kumar (AIADMK), actor George Baker (nominated), Ashok Shankarrao Chavan and KH Muniyappa (Congress), Dushyant Chautala (INLD), Kavitha Kalavakuntla (TRS), Konakalla Narayan Rao (TDP), Mohammad Salim (CPI-M), Arvind Ganpat Sawant (Shiv Sena) and Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav (RJD). BJP has dropped a dozen members, including Vinod Khanna, SS Ahluwalia, Dushyant Singh, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Varun Gandhi, Darshana Jadosh, Sanjay Jaiswal, Om Birla, Nand Kumar Chauhan and Pankaj Chaudhary, from the three financial panels.