Nripendra Mishra appointment: Sharad Pawar backs bill

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Mumbai, July 12: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said his party would support to the bill introduced by the NDA government in the Parliament to amend the TRAI Act regarding the appointment of Nripendra Mishra as the principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The veteran leader, a former Union minister, said there was no need to take extreme action on this and there was no ground to oppose the amendment.

Pawar's stand would leave the NCP's ally, Congress in a spot. The latter, along with the Trinamool Congress, opposed the NDA government's intention to amend the TRAI Bill.

Pawar said there was no need to take an extreme step

The government had on Friday introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha despite opposition to replace a May 28 ordinance to change a clause in the TRAI Act, which would have stopped Mishra from taking up the government post following retirement.

Mishra, former chairman of the TRAI, joined the prime minister's office the day of the promulgation of the ordinance and the bill was brought to give his appointment the much-needed legal backing.

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