In a surprise move, BJP has chosen TDP MP Kesineni Nani as the member of the crucial Estimates Committee. While Magunta Srinivasula Reddy from YCP is another nominated member from AP for the Estimates Committee, the nomination of Nani for the one of the top committees has come as a big shock to many including YCP and BJP leaders. Given that BJP and TDP are locking horns, BJP’s decision to nominate Nani is looking fishy.
Amidst reports that several TDP members are getting ready to switch to BJP, Nani’s nomination for the committee is giving shivers to the yellow party. It is learnt that Nani’s rapport with BJP’s top leaders is one of the reasons for him to choose for the committee. Soon after he won as Vijayawada MP, Nani had met Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and took his blessings. Nani had also met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and took his blessings. Since Nani’s equation with BJP is good compared to Galla Jayadev and Rammohan Naidu, BJP seems to have voted for Nani. This has yet again triggered speculations that Nani could jump to BJP. It can be noted that Nani had earlier quashed them as rumours. However, his statements on social media platforms are creating stir among TDP netas.
For beginners, the Estimates Committee is meant for the purpose of scrutinising the functioning of government ministries and departments in terms of expenditure and utilisation of funds. It also suggests alternative policies in order to bring about efficiency and economy in administration. It also examines whether the finances are laid out within the limits of the policy implied in the estimates and also to suggest the form in which the estimates shall be presented to Parliament.
This committee along with the Public Accounts committee(PAC) and Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU) are the three financial standing committees of the Parliament of India. The committee consists of 30 members, all elected from Lok Sabha. There are no members from Rajya Sabha. The members are elected every year from amongst its members of the Lok Sabha, according to the principle of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote. The chairperson is appointed by the Lok Sabha speaker. The term of office of the members is one year.