The Bill to revive the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council, which was in existence till 1986, has been approved by both Houses of Parliament.

The Lok Sabha adopted it on Thursday amid walkout by the AIADMK and Left parties.

The Rajya Sabha had approved it on Wednesday.

Only on Tuesday evening the Union Cabinet had cleared the Bill and it was tabled in the Upper House on Wednesday.

The Centre cleared the Bill to establish the House of Elders in Tamil Nadu with 78-members based on the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly on April 12 this year.

Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily, replying to the debate on the Bill, said the Centre did not show haste in passing the Bill. Earlier, T.R. Baalu (DMK) said the Council was being revived in accordance with DMK's election manifesto in 2006.

It was abolished by the MGR government with a political motive, he said, adding that Council could accommodate scholars, teachers, elders and other public figures for providing advice to the government.

But M. Thambidurai (AIADMK) said the Bill was brought with a political motive to accommodate some persons as it was sure that the AIADMK was going to capture power in Tamil Nadu in 2011 Assembly poll.

He said the Council was a symbol of British legacy and its revival was a retrograde step.

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