New Delhi: From Monday, the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament will begin and is likely be stormy with the Opposition members planning to corner the Central government with a number of issues, including that of Delhi violence and the dwindling economy. The budget session will begin on March 2 and will continue till April 3. Also Read - FM Sitharaman to Address Rajya Sabha on Tuesday as First Budget Session Comes to an End
Notably, the first half of the Budget Session had started on January 31 with an address by President Ram Nath Kovind to the joint sitting of both the houses of the Parliament. It got concluded on February 9. Also Read - Citizenship Law Fulfilled Mahatma Gandhi's Dream | 5 Things President Said Ahead of Budget Session
During the Budget Session, the Central government is also expected to push its agenda that includes a number of Bills related to surrogacy and resolution of disputed tax. During the budget session, nearly 45 Bills and seven financial items will be introduced. Also Read - Want Wide-Ranging Debate on Economy, Says PM Ahead of Budget Session
The Bills that were introduced in the first budget session on February 11 include Finance Bill 2020, Aircraft (Amendment) Bill and Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill. The Budget Session is slated to conclude on April 3.
The Budget Session of the Parliament will be a stormy affair as 42 people have died and more than 200 have been injured in the blood bath that took place in last week in Northeast Delhi.
Accusing the Central and Delhi governments of failing to bring the violence under control, the Congress also demanded the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Ahead of the Budget Session, a meeting was held at the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday to discuss the party’s strategy to target the Central the government in Parliament.
On the other hand, the BJP has also accused Congress of doing politics over the violence and said there was instigation by some Opposition leaders to protests against the CAA.
Taking combative opposition, the BJP is also expected to be in high spirits to counter the Opposition over the Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.
Apart from the Delhi violence, Congress has also planned to target the government over the dwindling economy. On Saturday, Congress leader Anand Sharma had said that the GDP for the third quarter was at 4.7 per cent and it was the seventh consecutive quarter when the GDP has fallen.
The Union Budget was presented on February 1 and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied to the debate on the budget.
In the budget session, the Central government and the Congress are also likely to cross swords over the arrest of Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti by the CBI in the INX Media alleged bribery case.
A day ahead of the budget session, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the party will strongly raise the issue of Delhi violence and ask why the violence happened.
“The government has miserably failed to maintain law and order. I think there must be some sort of a nexus between the rioters and a section of police officials which resulted in gruesome killings and arson that has tarnished our image across the globe. This is a matter of serious concern for us,” he said.
He also stated that the Congress will continue to raise the demand of Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation on the floor of the House.
Another Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi also said the Congress will take up in Parliament in the strongest possible terms the wanton destruction of democratic values in this country with the active approbation and, frequently, the selective ‘Nelsonian blind eye’ of the government.
“The manner and form of protest inside or out of Parliament is a matter of coordinated strategy and not an issue to be publicly aired. But the country is assured that we will discharge our responsibilities vigorously and without fear, despite extreme and illegal intrusion and harassment,” he said.
On the other hand, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said that there should be a debate on the Delhi violence so that it does not happen again, but at the same time, one must not play politics in the matter.
“Opposition members are giving notices to raise the issue of Delhi violence in the Parliament session starting from Monday. There should be a debate on how we can ensure that this doesn’t happen again. But no one should play politics,” Meghwal said.