Govt to reach out to Oppn to break Parliament logjam

RSTV Bureau

Lok Sabha Rajya Sabha protest

Making an effort to break the logjam in Parliament, which has been seeing repeated adjournment in the third after the resumption of the Budget session, Union parliamentary affairs minister Vijay Goel will meet key opposition leaders at their residence.

Owing to disruptions on the issue of PNB fraud, Andhra Pradesh issue, Cauvery water dispute and lately on the issues of Supreme Court’s judgement on SC/ST Act, repeated adjournments have washed out proceedings of both the houses.

The government is willing for a discussion on no-confidence motions against it and enjoys a strong majority in the Lok Sabha, said Vijay Goel, addressing the press at Parliament.

The Union minister also told that he will be visiting key leaders of opposition parties, including the Congress, AIADMK, TDP and TRS, to persuade them to call of their protests, which have resulted in a washout of Parliament’s proceedings since March 5 when it met after a recess to continue the Budget session.

Over Rs 2.5 lakh is spent per minute in running Parliament, he said urging the opposition parties to raise their issues and debate them in the two Houses.

The second leg of the Budget Session is of 23 days and all 14 days so far have been wasted, Goel said.

On issues like the PNB scam, the government has more to tell the people than the opposition, he claimed and said the Modi government has been an honest dispensation which has worked against corruption.

“Parliament is meant for debate. It is sad that opposition leaders can debate outside and on TV channels but not in Parliament. It is also strange for some of them to keep protesting in the Well of the two Houses and then say that it is the government’s job to run them,” Goel said.

Arjun Ram Meghwal, who is also a junior minister for parliamentary affairs, said it is difficult for the Speaker to take up notices for no-confidence motions as long as members are present in the Well as she is required to do a head-count of members supporting the notices.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress have given notices for no confidence motion against the government following the Centre’s stand that it cannot provide special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

A large number of bills, including on triple talaq, whistleblower protection and OBC Commission, are pending in Parliament. The Lok Sabha passed the crucial Finance Bill without any discussion. A couple of other bills have also been passed in the two houses amid the din.

(With inputs from PTI)