New Delhi, Nov 30: The government is bracing up for a tough week in Parliament from Monday, with opposition parties giving a number of notices in both Houses seeking a debate on ‘intolerance’ in society and action against some ministers for their alleged provocative remarks.
The Lok Sabha will discuss “the situation arising out of incidents of intolerance in the country” while the Rajya Sabha will resume the discussion on “Commitment to the Constitution” as part of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of B R Ambedkar” which had started on Friday and remained inconclusive.
Congress and JD-U have given notices in Rajya Sabha to discuss the issue after suspension of business under Rule 267, while in Lok Sabha Congress and CPI-M have submitted notices for a debate under rule 193, which does not entail voting or require suspension of business. (ALSO READ: Winter session heating up already – Constitutional debate continues)
In Lok Sabha, the matter has been listed for today, while in Rajya Sabha, it can happen any day in the week after the conclusion of the discussion on the “Commitment to India’s Constitution” as part of the 125th Birth Anniversary celebration of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar initiated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 27. The opposition has been seeking a discussion on the issue of intolerance for quite some time.
In a tweet, JD-U President Sharad Yadav said, “PM should have assured d country in his speech that there shall not be any communal violence which is on rise after NDA Govt came to power.”
With most opposition parties keen on aggressively raising the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said though the government does not agree with their perception of rising intolerance it was “willing to go along with the opposition in this regard for a discussion in an appropriate manner”.
The winter session of the Parliament began on November 26 with an animated debate on the Constitution during which the government said the word ‘secularism’ mentioned in it had been “misused” while the opposition, led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, raked up the issue of ‘intolerance’.
The government has proposed five Bills for consideration and passing in the House this week. These are the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, National Waterways Bill, Electricity (Amendment) Bill, and Factories (Amendment) Bill.