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Parliament session brief but stormy begins April 25

Article128.png”” alt=””Article128″” />The fresh session of Parliament beginning on Monday after both Houses having been prorogued to enable the government to tackle the political and constitutional crisis in Uttarakhand is going to be stormy with the main Opposition Congress determined to put the NDA government on the mat. Though the Uttarakhand issue continues to be in the hands of the Court with the Supreme Court staying the decision of the state High Court quashing the imposition of President’s rule in the state, Opposition is going to go hammer and tongs at the Modi government. The session which is to be on till May 13 with 15 sittings has its plate full as the main agenda is to complete the financial business regarding the General Budget and the Railway Budget for the current financial year.

Clearly the mood of the opposition was made clear at the all party meeting the Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs Sumitra Mahajan had convened on Sunday where the Uttarakhand issue was raised Congress’ leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said after the meeting that the party MPs would move an adjournment motion seeking a discussion on it under Rule 56. But, this was countered by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy who said “”to my knowledge, the matter is before the court and when the issue is pending in court and a decision is yet to come, there is no scope for a discussion on it. The Speaker has to take a decision on it.”” Speaker Mahajan, too, appeared to share the government’s view.

Even though the government is keen on pushing through the GST Bill and several other important legislation being on the agenda, but, with the numbers stacked against the government in the Rajya Sabha, it is going to be tough going for the ruling NDA government. Though Speaker Mahajan said she hoped the resumed session would be a smooth affair, the mood of the opposition indicates otherwise specially the major opposition Congress which appears determined to take the government to task on the Uttarakhand issue undeterred by the fact that it has only 44 members in the Lok Sabha. Besides the Uttarakhand issue, there are several others which are expected to figure specially the ongoing severe water shortage in all the 91 major reservoirs with the storage in them in the country according to official figures standing at 22 per cent.

The ongoing crisis at NIT in Srinagar, the Pakistan stand on the visit of its team to India on Pathankot terrorist attack and various other issues. “”Drought across the country is a major issue and there was a demand by all for a discussion on it. All have extended their support. We all hope that the coming Lok Sabha session will function smoothly,”” she said. According to Rudy “”there was complete assurance from all the political parties that the House will run smoothly and the environment
looked very good. All have assured and there is a broad consensus that Lok Sabha should function smoothly and all parties have said this in one voice,” which will be known when both Houses meet tomorrow.”

By TIS Staffer
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