JNU students march in support of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar who is in judicial custody. The controversy over alleged seditious slogans chanted at a JNU event has become the latest flashpoint between the ruling party and the opposition.(Vipin Kumar /Hindustan Times)
JNU students march in support of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar who is in judicial custody. The controversy over alleged seditious slogans chanted at a JNU event has become the latest flashpoint between the ruling party and the opposition.(Vipin Kumar /Hindustan Times)

Amid JNU row, vice-prez calls all-party meet ahead of Budget session

The move by Hamid Ansari, who is also the chairman of the Parliament’s upper house, is aimed at ensuring a smooth Budget session in which a long list of bills are due for discussion.
By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2016 12:43 PM IST

In a rare intervention, vice-president Hamid Ansari has called an all-party meeting on Saturday in a bid to develop a consensus among political parties ahead of the Budget session after near washouts of successive parliamentary sessions crippled the Rajya Sabha’s functioning.

The vice-president’s meeting is significant as the Upper House, where the government is in minority, had been held hostage by maximum disruptions. In the 2015 winter session that Ansari dubbed as the “singularly unproductive in terms of legislative work”, he called upon leaders to “introspect” and avoid “approaches that demean” the Rajya Sabha’s stature.

The tussle between the ruling and the Opposition parties has been escalating in the past few weeks over a Dalit scholar’s suicide in Hyderabad and allegations of sedition at an event hosted in the national capital’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The move by Ansari, who is also the chairman of the Parliament’s upper house, comes barely three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited 31 party leaders to appeal for an undisrupted Parliament session. Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu said almost all parties had overwhelmingly favoured a smooth functioning.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sitaram Yechury of CPI(M), Sharad Yadav of JD(U) , Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien and others are expected to attend.

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Sitharaman was accompanied by the Minister of State for finance Anurag Thakur, secretaries of finance ministry and other officials of the ministry.(ANI Photo)

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Whether or not the forthcoming budget can deliver on this depends on how the government deals with an impossible trinity.(PTI file photo)

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For a decade, Rishab Mitra successfully competed with big stores by focusing on quality, and relying on word-of-mouth recommendations and a loyal customer base.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi.(Reuters/ File photo)

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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(PTI)

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The upcoming budget or the first session of this year will take place after 2020 saw two sessions being cut short and the winter session entirely skipped due to the pandemic.(ANI)

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BJP Parliamentary party office secretary Balasubrahmanyam Kamarsu has written a letter to members saying that apart from legislative work, important topics are likely to be discussed during the session.(Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)

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