Ahead of monsoon session, govt says it will take ‘positive stand’ in Parliament
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the all-party meeting that if the House runs smoothly, it will be a “win-win” situation for all.india Updated: Jul 17, 2018 14:45 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged opposition parties to allow all issues to be discussed in Parliament during the Monsoon session beginning on Wednesday, amid fear of disruptions and angry protests by rival parties.
Modi, who joined the all-party meeting towards the end, said if the House runs smoothly it will be a “win-win” situation for all. He added that if there is a discussion, the government is at times also compelled to review its policy.
“The PM said that all the issues raised by the opposition must also be discussed in Parliament. The government will take a positive stand in Parliament,” parliamentary affairs Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting.
Parliament’s monsoon session starts from July 18 and will end on August 10.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance is keen to push through important legislation that has the potential to offer political dividends for the ruling establishment ahead of the state assembly elections and next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
It is particularly keen on the bill to create a national commission for Other Backward Castes.
The BJP sees the bill related to backward classes, in particular, as a politically symbolic move ahead of the polls, since this is a constituency it has been wooing. They will also be crucial in the assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
The Centre has also shortlisted the bill to criminalise instant Triple Talaq for passage during this session.
Senior functionaries of the government said that top priority in the legislative business would be accorded to get Parliament’s nod on the six ordinances that have been promulgated in the past few months.
The Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, Commercial Courts Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of HCs (Amendment) Ordinance and the National Sports University Ordinance are among them.
“We want Parliament to function this time to take up bills and other issues of public importance,” the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said earlier.
The last session was washed out following uproar over the issue of special category status to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery water row. The Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party moved no-confidence motions against the Centre over the alleged denial of special category status to Andhra Pradesh, but they could not be taken for want to order in the House.
Opposition parties held a meeting on Monday to chalk out a joint strategy to corner the government on various issues during the Monsoon session.
Leaders of Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, DMK, CPI(M), CPI, JD(S), RSP, IUML, and KC-M were among present in the meeting.
First Published: Jul 17, 2018 14:35 IST