Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed hope that there would be extensive discussions on issues of the people during the Parliament’s Budget Session . Addressing media ahead of the budget session, PM Modi said, “Let there be strong criticism of the government and its shortcomings be highlighted. It will strengthen democracy. Hopeful of a fruitful Budget session and constructive debate.”
The Opposition, PM Modi said, “has shown positive steps.” In a series of meetings, the government and the opposition have discussed how to ensure that legislative work gets done in this crucial session, unlike several past sessions washed out by opposition protests.
The Budget session of Parliament is expected to be stormy with major opposition parties planning to corner the government on the JNU row and other issues as Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the government of launching a planned attack on freedom of expression and the right to differ.
The Congress has also made it clear that contentious Bills like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) should not be brought in the first half of the session. However, the government has said that it was as concerned by the recent incidents in different universities as any party and wants them to be discussed.
In indications that the government is reaching out separately to non-Congress and non-Left parties, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said a number of small parties and regional parties feel that they were not getting adequate time to raise their issues due to disruptions in Parliament.
“We have presented eight-nine issues. The government says they are ready for discussion, have to see how much cooperation we will get,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, who leads the Congress in the Lok Sabha.