Monsoon session begins, Modi says hope good decisions will be made
The government hopes the monsoon session of Parliament, which began on Tuesday, will see some “good decisions” being made by lawmakers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
"Yesterday (Monday), the all-party meet was fruitful...we want all of us to work together," Modi said against the backdrop of opposition parties gearing up to attack the ruling BJP over its senior leaders linked to scams.
"We hope good decisions will be made in this session," he said.
Modi also said he is hopeful of a productive monsoon session since some political parties, during the last session, had assured the government of the smooth functioning of the House.
A day before, Modi struck a cordial note and told the meeting of all political parties: "Let every issue be discussed in Parliament. Of all the forums available for expression of one’s views, Parliament is the best."
The opposition, mainly the Congress, has been pushing for the resignation or sacking of foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s since a controversy erupted over their alleged help to former IPL chief Lalit Modi to get UK travel papers after his passport was revoked.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Chouhan too is under fire over a multi-layered examination and recruitment scam in the state.
Demands for the removal of these leaders have been spurned by the ruling dispensation.
The Congress has made it clear it will turn the heat on the government if it fails to remove the “tainted” BJP ministers and leaders.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, who heads the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, reasserted Congress’s stand at the all-party meeting and indicated that the monsoon session could be stormy.
The Congress will not allow both houses of Parliament to function if the government does not obtain the resignations of Swaraj, Raje and Chouhan, he said.
Referring to the land acquisition bill, Azad made it clear the Congress will not allow the bill to be passed in Parliament or even allow it to be tabled in the Upper House and discussed.
The NDA government is hoping to push two key reform-related bills – the GST bill and the land acquisition bill, which the opposition sees as anti-farmer.
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