Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu is hopeful that the second leg of the Budget session will not be “stormy” as the government expressed its willing to discuss any issue in the House.
Speaking to reporters on the first day of the present parliament session, Naidu said that the second part of the Budget session will be smooth.
“We have financial business. We have demands for grants. We need to discuss certain demands also that were agreed upon earlier, they have been listed. The government is willing to discuss any issue, every issue as usual,” said the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.
Naidu said that drought situation and water shortage in certain parts of the country will be discussed at length with opposition’s cooperation and all urgent public importance matters will be allowed for discussion with Speakers permission.
” The government is willing to discuss because we have nothing to hide and all those situations are not created by our government,” Naidu said.
Making a reference to Ishrat Jahan case he said rules and regulations have to be followed for taking up any issue in Parliament and the opposition should be aware of it.
“If somebody wants to discuss an issue (Ishrat Jahan) which is before the Supreme Court… rules and regulations are there. They have to follow. I do not think, the opposition which have been in power for 50 years, they must be aware of the rules and regulations,” said Venkaiah.
Targeting Congress, Naidu said, “With regard to Ishrat Jahan issue, some shocking revelations have come, affidavits have been filed and again it has been doctored and changed also and that is now not contested by the former Home Minister (P Chidambaram).”
He, however, said all depends on the Speaker for the discussion on Ishrat Jahan issue to be allowed in the House.
“Our people also have given some notices about Ishrat Jahan issue. If the opposition also wants to discuss Ishrat Jahan issue, there should not be any problem whatsoever. But it all depends upon the Speaker,” he said.
Reaching out to the opposition, he said “I have already appealed to the opposition. Be constructive on whatever issue you want to be discussed, the government is willing to discuss as per the rules.”