New Delhi, Nov 25: Winter session of Parliament beginning Thursday is set to be stormy with Opposition parties closing ranks to target Government on issues including ‘intolerance’ even as the ruling dispensation, which is keen to pass the GST bill, expressed its readiness to discuss all issues.
The government will try to pass crucial bills GST and Real Estate regulation Bills to push economic reforms but the Opposition seems ready to block its way. the government has called an all-party meeting on Wednesday. BJP parliamentary party executive and NDA constituents will meet later at the Prime Minister’s residence followed by an all-party meeting called by the Speaker.
The issue of ‘intolerance’ is going to heat up the proceedings of the Parliament. Sources in the Congress said that in the coming session, those who may face the ire of the party may include Union Minister V K Singh over “dog” comment on the killing of two young children from a Dalit family in Haryana. (ALSO READ: Ready for debate on any issue with opposition: Government)
Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, “We have already given notice for discussion on intolerance and it should be admitted under Rule 193. So we will discuss about the Constitution on the 125th anniversary. Other than this, we have given another notice on the subject.”
JD(U) has decided to raise the issue of rise in prices of pulse, edible oils and vegetables under Rule 267 of suspension of business in the House. “We will raise issues of love jihad to ‘ghar vapsi’ and increasing intolerance during course of discussion on commitment towards Constitution,” tweeted JD(U) president Sharad Yadav.
On GST, the government’s woes are far from over. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said yesterday that “Government has not done its homework on GST bill. It has not convened an all-party meeting, which it should have done to discuss the same. Government will be solely responsible if the bill is not cleared in the House as it has not done its homework.” Congress has sent a clear signal that it wanted the bill to be passed if the concerns of the party are met.
Congress leader and deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said the upcoming winter session of Parliament cannot be restricted to a bill of the government, but certain issues like debate over rising intolerance in the country, farmers’ suicide will be top agenda for the Opposition.
BJP leader and Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said that the government is ready to discuss any matter with the opposition provided that it is ‘constructive’ and aimed at the nation’s well being. In the Monsoon Session, Congress-led opposition had disrupted the Monsoon session of the Parliament over the Lalit Modi row and the Vyapam scam.