New Delhi, November 26: The first two days of the Winter Session of Parliament would be dedicated to the commemoration of the adoption of Indian Constitution on November 26, 1949, said Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. On the occasion, Parliament would honour its architect Dr B. R. Ambedkar by holding a discussion on his contributions, she said, adding that this will also be a part of the Government’s decision to celebrate November 26th as Constitution day.
The Winter Session of the Parliament is expected to be a stormy affair, with the opposition set to raise the ‘intolerance’ issue and press for a resolution to condemn it while the government would try to pass key reform bills like GST and ensure a smooth session. A united opposition is set to corner the government over the issue of intolerance in the Winter Session. (ALSO READ: Congress to raise issue of intolerance, farmers’ suicide in Parliament)
Opposition is likely to press for a resolution to condemn the alleged rise in intolerance, a demand unlikely to be conceded by the government which instead prefers a debate, seeking to project incidents like Dadri lynching as law and order issues pertaining to states. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the incidents of communal tension and intolerance have considerably increased, and the issue should be addressed in the winter session.
The government on Wednesday reached out to the Opposition to clear the hurdle on GST bill. Both the sides talked about the need for discussions to thrash out issues on some of the contentious clauses. Setting the tone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the Opposition for cooperation as he made a strong pitch for early passage of the GST bill at the all party-meet convened by Naidu, saying it will be in the interest of the nation. Congress, on the other side, said it was open for discussions on GST bill on which it has “very genuine concerns”.