Govt has little time for important bills as parliament session resumes

With new vigour the opposition parties are going to put the govt on mat

GN Bureau | April 20, 2015


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Temperatures are going to rise both outside parliament and inside. Lok Sabha resumed its budget session after a break and Rajya Sabha sitting is from Aril 23. The debate over land bill is going to be heated (to say it parliamentary parlance) as indicated by the Congress rally in Delhi on Sunday.

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The government has also made it clear that it is serious about the bill by third promulgation of the ordinance. Hours before the resumption of the session, prime minister Narendra Modi sent out a hopeful tweet on Monday. "Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues,” the prime minister tweeted.


On Sunday, the PM told his party MPs that he was expecting the session to be full of “outcomes” and said, “It is more beneficial if the Opposition attacks government, however fierce it may be, inside Parliament.”

However, the events of the past week that have strengthened the opposition parties is not good news for the government. The Congress with its Sunday’s farmers rally, the left with Sitaram Yechury as new leader, Trinamool Congress boosted by local polls and finally, the merger Janata parivar of SP, JD(U), RJD and JD (S).

The second half of the Budget session in Lok Sabha will run from April 20 to May 8 and have 13 working days. Ten days are earmarked for the passage of the finance bill and the related demand for grants of different ministries. This leaves just three days to pass many important bills.

 The government will on Monday procedurally table the new land ordinance in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on the crisis in agriculture sector is likely.

Meanwhile, parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of “politicising the land acquisition issue” even at the cost of being “unmindful of the consequences for development of the country.” About the left he said: “Communist cliches like bourgeois, revisionists, neo-revisionists, feudal and capitalist systems have lost their meaning.”

In another jibe at Rahul Gandhi, Naidu told party MPs that they should take "sabbaticals" or leave for "introspection" only after the session. Naidu has asked BJP MPs to be present in Parliament right through the session.

Not to be left behind, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asked, "How many times will the Congress re-launch Rahul Gandhi?"

 

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