The resumed winter session of Parliament may be a litmus test for Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who in the past one week has assured motley groups of getting different bills passed in the last session ahead of the general elections.
A file photo of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi delivering a speech during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in New Delhi. (AFP photo)
Gandhi had met a delegation of street vendors, disabled rights group and anti-graft activists and assured that his party will try to get bills passed in Parliament session starting Wednesday.
There are 72 pending bills of which six key anti-graft legislations had been identified by Gandhi as a must to fight corruption. The Disability Rights Act recently approved by the Cabinet had the backing of both Rahul and Congress president Sonia Gandhi for assent in Parliament. A bill to regulate working of street vendors is also on high priority for clearance in this session.
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“I would like Parliament to discuss these bills. We will try to get the bills passed but cannot do it alone,” he had told a delegation of families, who lost their members while exposing corruption using the Right To Information Act.
Asking whether the government will use ordinance route if the Parliament fails to pass these bills, Gandhi said that ideally these bills should be brought in the Parliament without ruling out the Ordinance possibility.
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The issue of Telangana may become a stumbling block for the government as anti-Telengana members are expected to disrupt the House.
PM pins hope on opposition
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed hope that Parliament will approve the Telangana bill and anti-corruption bills during its session beginning February 5.
After an all-party meeting, he said: “I sincerely hope that parliament, in its wisdom, will transact the essential business which is the primary concern of any legislature in a parliamentary democracy. And, of course, there is the vital issue of Telangana.
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