Govt may call joint session of Parliament if needed: Amit Shah

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 02:31 IST

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the government will call for a joint session of the Parliament if required to pass key pending laws.

He also justified taking the ordinance route to get decisions through, saying it was because of political resistance.

Shah was talking at the ACR for Good Governance Summit in Mumbai on Wednesday.

In the past few days, the Union government has issued at least eight ordinances, including one on raising the FDI limit in the insurance sector from 26% to 49% and e-auctioning of coal mines, which has invited President Pranab Mukherjee’s ire.

Mukherjee also sounded a word of caution against a joint session.

He said passage of legislations in that manner “is not practicable because I have seen from 1952 till today that only four times laws were passed by a joint session.”

The President has expressed his objection to the ordinance route and pointed out possible implications in the event of some of these ordinances not backed by bills in the Parliament.

The time limit for converting ordinances into legislation is 42 days.

Justifying his stand, Shah said, “Yes, we took the ordinance route because we faced political resistance on key bills. Whatever the need be, development won’t stop. If needed, we will go for a joint session of the Parliament to pass key laws. Hopefully, those who are opposing these bills will support them in the coming sessions.”

Dodging political questions on formation of governments in Delhi where elections are around the corner and Jammu and Kashmir where government formation is still in a limbo, Shah took a measured approach.

On declaring Kiran Bedi as BJP’s CM candidate, he said, “There is no talent crunch in the BJP. I don’t consider any election to be easy. But I am sure the next government in Delhi will be that of the BJP.”

On the issue of Kashmir, he admitted that awkward mathematics had come up but ruled out any chances of a re-election.

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