Lack of majority in the upper house may force the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to concede for a discussion on the agrarian crisis during the special session of state legislature to be held between May 20 and 22. The Opposition has been demanding a special session to discuss loan waiver for farmers.
The government has proposed a special GST session to pass state-related laws as mandated by the Centre. During a meeting of the business advisory committee of the legislature held on April 29, the Opposition demanded a debate on farmers’ issues in the GST session.
The government, while refusing to accept the demand, said the session was meant only for GST and no other issue could be discussed during it. The Opposition threatened not to help the government in passing GST, if the debate on farmers’ issue was not held.
The Opposition then met Governor on May 2, demanding a special session to discuss the agrarian crisis. The Opposition is now likely to throw its weight around using the majority in the upper house to ensure at least one day is reserved for the debate.
“It is a financial bill and will have to be first passed in the Assembly before it is tabled in the council. If the council does not pass it, it will be deemed to have been passed only after 14 days. But such a situation may be embarrassing for the government and will also delay the entire process. To avoid the peculiar situation, the government may accept the debate,” said an official from the state legislature.
Ruling partner Shiv Sena, too, has demanded a special session to discuss the agrarian crisis.
“We have demanded a special session on loan waiver. It will be part of our strategy to decide upon discussion on the issue during the three-day session,” said Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, leader of Opposition in the state Assembly.
At least eight states, including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgad, Telangana, Haryana, have passed the state GST bills in the past four weeks.