New Delhi: The 14-day Budget session that is set to begin on January 31 is being seen as the Centre’s last-ditch attempt to push some more bills before the Lok Sabha elections, suggested reports on Thursday.
In the winter session, the Government couldn’t get some of the pending legislations, like the triple talaq bill and the citizenship amendment bill passed. While the Budget session does not need too many days, the two-week session has the political circles abuzz that the Government might spring a few more surprises.
A leading daily pointed out that with Lok Sabha elections around the corner, the Opposition might not be in a generous mood as far as some contentious issues were concerned but the Government might still try to push some bills, like amendments to the Aadhaar Act, in the Lok Sabha. However, as was seen with the bill for 10% quota for the economically weak, there is scope for legislation that parties might find difficult to oppose.
The winter session was a bitter one and the Rajya Sabha hardly functioned. In fact, MPs also objected that the session was extended by a day over 10% quota for the economically weak. However, the quick passage of the quota bill is being seen as the first among more such moves in the run-up to the polls. These would include measures that do not require parliamentary sanction such as possible income support for farmers but a mix of legislation and debates can also not be ruled out.
The Supreme Court begins hearing on Ayodhya on Thursday, so the possibility of an ordinance on Ram temple would emerge only after the judicial process is over. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also said this at his interview earlier in January that an ordinance could be considered only after the judicial process was over. So it would be mere speculation to assume that that would happen during the Budget session.