New Delhi, Nov 24: The Winter Session of Parliament beginning on Monday, is likely to witness noisy protests from opposition parties against the government’s legislative agenda on reforms. Prime Minister Narendra Modi however expressed hope that the session will go “very well” like the Budget Session.
The Winter Session of Parliament will consist of 22 sittings. Currently, there are 67 bills pending before the Parliament. Of these, nine bills were introduced in the previous Session, while 40 of these were introduced in the 15th Lok Sabha. 18 other bills are also pending from the earlier Lok Sabhas.
Addressing an all-party meeting on Sunday, the Prime Minister assured them that collectively all important issues can be taken up and hoped that the month-long session will go “very well” like the last Budget Session.
The Trinamool Congress(TMC) and Samajwadi Party skipped the all party, but 40 leaders from 26 parties participated in the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance and Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Food Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi, NCP leader Tariq Anwar, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, DMK leader Kanimozhi, CPI leader D Raja, INLD leader Dushyant Chautala, amongst others.
According to reports, Left parties, Trinamool Congress, JD(U), RJD, Samajwadi Party and BSP have decided to make a common cause against the Insurance bill and asked the Congress to support them for the “larger Opposition unity”.
On support to the Opposition move against the Insurance Bill, the Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, repoprtedly said the party would first see what amendments the government brings.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu has downplayed the Opposition move and expressed hope that these parties will understand the mood of the nation and the spirit of the mandate of the people and cooperate with the government.
Naidu said: “All bills are our priorities. National agenda of development is to be given top priority. Investment, revival of the economy and improving the economic condition of the people are priority. Insurance bill is one in that direction.”
He said the Insurance Bill is in an “advance stage of finalisation” and since two members of the concerned Parliamentary committee, have become ministers, two new members would be inducted immediately and it would be requested to give the report by the end of the first week of the session.
He also dismissed the reported charge of the Trinamool Congress that it was not invited for the meeting and said that while he had spoken personally to that party’s leader, his deputy in Parliamentary Affairs Ministry Rajiv Pratap Rudy had written to the party informing about the meeting.
Terming the UPSC issue is an important matter, Naidu said, “Govt asks political parties to give their views on UPSC’s Civil Services Aptitude Test pattern within two weeks, which will be addressed in the Parliament.”
He further criticised Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his statement on ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ that it was done for marketing. “Rahul Gandhi’s statement on Swacch Bharat is immature, we want to make it a people’s movement, no politics is involved. I request Congress to take part and take credit for that,” Naidu added.
“I request Mamata Banerjee to please understand that Govt has no role in functioning of CBI,” Naidu said on All Indian Trinamool Congress Party’s (TMC) decision to skip the all-party meet.
A high drama is expected to happen during the first day of Winter Session of Parliament as TMC chief Mamata Banerjee has reportedly said that the party will be staging a dharna opposing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Insurance in the House.
(With Agency Inputs)