New Delhi, July 16: Ahead of the 12th session of 16th Lok Sabha, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has called an all-party meeting on Sunday in a bid to seek the Opposition’s support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses. The meeting will be attended by Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav, CPI National Secretary D Raja among many others. However, Trinamool Congress (TMC) is likely to give it a miss, as per reports.
Reportedly, after the all-party meet, the Leaders of the NDA government will meet in the evening to chalk out their strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament. Speculations are rife that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might come up with a name for Vice-Presidential nominee in the evening.
The meeting is considered crucial ahead of the Presidential Elections 2017 scheduled on the commencement of the session. The customary meeting is called by the Speaker to ensure smooth functioning of the Parliament throughout the upcoming session. The meeting is likely to be attended by all parties of political spectrum.
Meanwhile, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday called an All Party Meeting on Sunday. The meeting of the parties will deliberate on the issues that are likely to be discussed in the upcoming Monsoon session.
Monsoon Session 2017 may see the government discussing the successful implementation of Goods and Services Taxes across the country, whereas, the opposition might raise issues ranging recent raids on the properties of former Minister of Railways Lalu Prasad who alleged the Centre was misusing the investigating agencies to cull the voice of the opposition.
Similarly, the session is likely to be stormy with Opposition raising issues like non-cooperation between Centre and State governments. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee along Puducherry CM V Narayansamy were at loggerheads with the centrally appointed Governors and Lt. Governors over a range of issues. The Parliament is likely to discuss long pending The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 also apart from The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017 and The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
Monsoon Session is also likely to discuss the Acts pending in the Parliament for a long time. Scheduled between July 17 and August 11, the session will witness a total of 19 sittings. The agenda for legislation includes 18 Bills for consideration and passing. 16 Bills are listed for introduction, consideration and passing.