Sumitra Mahajan pleads for smooth house functioning
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has called an all party meeting on Sunday to ensure smooth functioning of the house during parliament’s budget session that resumes on April 25. Officials from parliament Secretariat said the meeting will take place at 11.30 am in Parliament Library.The Narendra Modi government is eyeing passage of key legislation, including the Goods and Service Tax Bill and the National Waterway Transportation Bill during the session.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee headed by S. S. Ahluwalia is also expected to table its report on Lands Acquision Bill during in the house early next month.
A separate parliament session has been necessitated after President Pranab Mukherjee prorogued the two houses following the central government deciding to go for an ordinance to facilitate government expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India for Uttarakhand after the state was placed under the President’s Rule last month. The Uttarakhand political turmoil is also sure to figure in the parliament session. Expect war of words between Congress and the BJP over the issue.
The forthcoming session would transact the remaining agenda of budget session that started on February 23. The first half of session had concluded on March 16 and the parliament was to meet for the second half of budget session from April 25 to May 13.
The session is expected to be stormy one with the centre coming down heavily on the Congress Party over the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Anurag Thakur is set to escalate the attack by raising the issue in the upcoming Parliament session.
This move comes after BJP MP Kirit Somayya gave a notice to discuss the same in the Lok Sabha today. Earlier, BJP questioned the Congress Party’s silence over reports claiming that former union home minister P. Chidambaram had signed the first affidavit in the Ishrat case, and accused the grand old party of hatching a conspiracy against the people of India with a political agenda. (IANS)