For smooth functioning of house, RS Chairman calls meeting of leaders of all parties


New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari has called a meeting of leaders of all parties in the House today to discuss smooth functioning during the ensuing Budget Session. The meeting is significant amid the possibility of the session beginning Tuesday to be stormy.

The opposition parties are gearing up to raise the issues of the JNU row, the suicide of a Hyderabad University student and the Arunachal Pradesh situation among others to corner the Government. On the other hand, the government is keen to push its legislative agenda including the GST and Real Estate Bills. During the session, the Rail Budget will be presented on 25th and General Budget on the 29th of this month.

The Rajya Sabha, where the NDA lacks the majority, had seen repeated disruption during the Monsoon and Winter Sessions of the Congress and several other opposition parties blocking key economic reform measures of the government.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu have also called separate all-party meetings on Monday. Since it is the first session of the new calendar year, it will begin with the address of President Pranab Mukherjee to the joint sitting of the two House