Despite BJP disruption, govt hopes to pass key bills
The government on Tuesday dismissed reports that it was contemplating calling off the current session of Parliament due to continued disruption by the BJP and hinted that it might get some key bills passed even without discussion.delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2012 23:41 IST
The government on Tuesday dismissed reports that it was contemplating calling off the current session of Parliament due to continued disruption by the BJP and hinted that it might get some key bills passed even without discussion.
“Why should we think of curtailing the session when majority of political parties want both Houses to do business,” said a senior UPA minister.
He pointed out that some bills cannot wait beyond this session and will have to be passed even if there was no discussion on these legislations in Parliament.
One of the bills the government has to get passed even in the din is the one to replace an ordinance brought by the government in July for the setting-up of five AIIMS-type institutes.
The ordinance approved by the cabinet was for giving necessary powers to these institutes to allow them to begin the process for admissions.
Out of a total 32 bills that were listed by the government for discussion and passing, it had hoped to get at least half through.
The government was keen to get some of its key anti-graft bills such as the whistleblowers protection and prevention of foreign officials bribery bills passed during this session, but the relentless BJP disruption has forced it to rethink its strategy.
Though on record, parliamentary affairs minister PK Bansal said the government had not taken any formal decision to rush through any bills.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi presided over a meeting of senior party leaders and ministers to take stock of the pending legislative business in the session.