Govt, Opposition close to peace deal in House
After the first two days of the winter session were lost to disruptions, the government and the Opposition seem to have moved closer to a resolution that could see Parliament back to work as early as Thursday. Saubhadra Chatterji and Vikas Pathak report.
After the first two days of the winter session were lost to disruptions, the government and the Opposition seem to have moved closer to a resolution that could see Parliament back to work as early as Thursday.
The black money issue - raised by the BJP - will be discussed in Lok Sabha under an adjournment motion without criticising the government.
"Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj has spoken to the government and other Opposition parties, and the adjournment motion on black money is on tomorrow," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told HT on Wednesday.
The motion, moved by LK Advani, is likely to be worded: "illegal deposit of money in banks in foreign countries and action taken thereof".
Another proposed motion by the BJP highlighting the government's "failure" has reportedly been rejected by the UPA.
The CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta will also move an adjournment motion. Also, the Left parties and the government seem to have agreed to discuss price rise in the Lok Sabha without voting on Monday.
The Left is in agreement on Thursday's black money discussion.
The BJP has said it will participate in the price rise discussion under whatever rule the Left decides on. BJP's SS Ahluwalia said, "If they concede on a debate without voting, we have no problem."
"We wanted to bring an adjournment motion in solidarity with the aam aadmi and to force the government to accept our demands such as a ban on futures trading and the distribution of excess grain to the BPL section," said the CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury.
In Rajya Sabha, the CPM's Mainul Hassan is moving a motion on price rise under rule 167, which entails voting, but won't disrupt the House. The BJP, too, wants a discussion under rule 167 in the upper House on both the black money and price rise issues.
The breakthrough came after talks between parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Swaraj on Wednesday. Swaraj also met key Left leaders to fine-tune the arrangement.
Efforts are on to reach more parties. On Wednesday, UPA managers had a lunch meeting with Mulayam.
If all goes well, the government hopes to kickstart its crucial legislative agenda - comprising the passage of 31 bills - by next week.