The NDA government has lined up an ambitious list of 38 bills for passage during the upcoming winter session of Parliament that starts from Thursday after the last one was nearly washed out due to disruptions by the Opposition.
The 20-day session will run till December 23. Much will again depend on the Opposition, which is on a high following the recent defeat of the BJP-led NDA in the Bihar assembly polls. Though the Opposition has not demanded resignations of ministers as it did during the monsoon session, it may turn the heat on the government over issues such as growing intolerance and price rise.
Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu indicated on Tuesday the government will not be on the defensive. “The incidents are related to the law and order situation of the respective states. The government has nothing to do with them.”
The Congress, Trinamool and CPI(M) have already served notices to the House secretariats for a debate on intolerance, indicating willingness to corner the government on the issue.
“We will also raise issues of love jihad, ghar wapsi and the Assam governor’s recent remarks,” JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said.
The government, after facing a near-washout in the monsoon session, has started preparing the ground for substantial legislative business in the winter session of Parliament.
The first two days of the session are dedicated to commemorate the adoption of the draft Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. But both sides are preparing to turn the discussions on the making of the Constitution and BR Ambedkar towards raging issues related to intolerance and encroachment on fundamental rights.