Unrelenting Opposition set to begin fresh protests at Lok Sabha
Although senior ministers Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu stayed in touch with key regional parties like the Trinamool, SP, NCP and even the Congress, some leaders from the principal Opposition party indicated there was little chance of rapprochement with the government.Updated: Aug 10, 2015 00:55 IST
The 25 suspended Congress MPs will return to the Lok Sabha on Monday as the monsoon session of Parliament enters its last week.
Even as the BJP managers tried to reach out to the Opposition parties to pass, at least, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, there are apprehensions of a fresh round of protests.
Although senior ministers Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu stayed in touch with key regional parties like the Trinamool, SP, NCP and even the Congress, some leaders from the principal Opposition party indicated there was little chance of rapprochement with the government.
“We are expected to continue our protests as our demands, to remove Sushma Swaraj and the two BJP chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, have not been met,” said a Congress leader.
As these MPs and other Congress members return to the House, even Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will be in the spotlight to see how she handles a fresh round of disruptions.
If suspended MPs once again disrupt proceedings, Mahajan told HT, “What happens on Monday, we will see on Monday. I will pray.”
She said it was “not in my nature” to suspend members, that she had felt really bad about it but she could not help it as she had to go by rules and keep the House in order.
Naidu also held an impromptu meeting in Chennai with a senior Congress strategist to point out how the government’s stand on the proposed land bill has softened – which is being seen as an “exchange offer” for Congress support to the GST bill.
Sources said the introduction of the amended bill will be decided after gauging the Opposition’s mood.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to come to Parliament on Tuesday to interact with leaders across political lines.
She is also scheduled to meet PM Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley and the government may seize this opportunity to rope in her party on key bills.