The much anticipated Monsoon session of the parliament has begun. The 21-day session is expected to witness an aggressive opposition with the ruling BJP mired in controversies involving a Union Minister and its two Chief Ministers. Speaking to the press ahead of the session at the Parliament House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hopes that the Monsoon Session of Parliament will be fruitful and all MPs will contribute towards making good decisions.
“I hope that promises made by some political parties during the last session to help good decisions in this session will be kept,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister also reflected upon the discussions held during an all-party meeting held on Monday morning. He had urged the representatives of the political parties at the all-party meet saying, “Parliament has a major significance and it should be utilised to discuss all issues. The government is ready to discuss all the issues”.
“Government has to take initiative and responsibility to run Parliament, but this responsibility has to be shared by all,” PM Modi had added in his address to the leaders of all parties present at the meet.
The BJP-led NDA government is facing the prospects of confronting a charged-up opposition as they take the floor of the house. The Congress party, late on Monday evening, had already moved an adjournment motion in Rajya Sabha to discuss controversy over BJP leaders helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi.
The opposition has already chalked out the priority areas to take on the BJP-led Union government. Land Acquisition Bill, ‘Vyapam’ scam and the Lalit Modi controversy tops the chart.
And during the all-party meet, Congress party once again sought the resignations of Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj along with Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje. But the government ruled out any resignations.
“There is no question of accepting ultimatum by anybody. From where did the question of resignation arise? Nobody can dictate terms to the government. From Government side, no Union Minister has done anything illegal or immoral,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told the press after the all-party meeting on Monday.
The Left-front too, on Monday, held a nationwide protest against the Modi government. Flagging a protest march in New Delhi, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury sought resignations of the BJP leaders facing heat of the alleged ‘scams’.
Apart from the raging controversies on Lalit Modi and ‘Vyapam’ scam, the challenges before the Central government are accentuated with the long list of pending legislations. The government is especially keen on getting Land Bill and GST Bill through.
The BJP-led NDA government has already witnessed a protest against the amended Land Bill in the last budget session with Opposition parties taking on the government inside and outside the Parliament. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had even led a march of collective opposition from the Parliament house to Rashtrapati Bhawan pitching a protest against the Land Bill.
(With inputs from the PTI)