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Sibal reaches out to oppn leaders

At the receiving end of the opposition's ire against his legislative agenda, HRD minister Kapil Sibal is reaching out to key parties to iron out the differences.

delhi Updated: Apr 23, 2012 23:07 IST
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At the receiving end of the opposition's ire against his legislative agenda, HRD minister Kapil Sibal is reaching out to key parties to iron out the differences.


With 16 bills related to education sector pending before Parliament and hardly any movement in the past two sessions on important legislations, Sibal met Leader of Opposition of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.

"I have also fixed an appointment with BSP chief Mayawati and will also meet SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. I was to resolve the differences, if there are any," Sibal told reporters.

While bills related to HRD ministry could be passed in the Lok Sabha, the minister is facing problems particularly in Rajya Sabha, where the UPA is in a minority. The BJP, SP and BSP have 49, 9 and 15 MPs respectively in the Upper House.

Sibal also continued his emotional appeal: "Many of these bills are related to the future of our children. I don't think parties will have any fundamental differences on issues that relates to the future of the country's children."

Signaling his intention to push the pending list of bills, Sibal has also listed two bills-the central educational institutions (reservation in admission) bill and amendments to Right to Education-for Tuesday, the opening day of the second half of the budget session.

"The pending bills include almost 80-90% of the recommendations of the standing committees," Sibal said, driving home the point that the government is responsive towards the wishes of different political parties.

A section of the Congress, however, feels that Sibal may have to calibrate his ministry's equation with different stake-holders and states to ensure smoother passage for the bills.