All-party meet ahead of a testing Parl session for Govt

RSTV Bureau
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File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside Lok Sabha. Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning called an all-party meeting, a day before the Monsoon session of Parliament begins. Political tempers are already running high ahead of the 21-days session with the ruling BJP mired in controversies involving a Union Minister and its two Chief Ministers.

NDA government is facing the prospects of confronting a charged-up opposition as they take the floor of the house from 21st July. The opposition, especially the Congress party, 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.

Urging the representatives of the political parties at the all-party meet, the Prime Minister said, “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 added in his address to the leaders of all parties present at the meet.

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. Both the bills are currently examined by the Parliamentary panel and the report on GST Bill is expected to be adopted on Monday. Congress and the Left parties have already hinted at submitting a dissent note on the GST Bill, while Land Bill may once again face an aggressive opposition.

In the all-party meeting too, PM Modi’s emphasis that parties must “move forward” on the land bill was flagged by the Samajwadi Party, with its representative Ram Gopal Yadav saying that his party is “not in agreement with amendments on land bill, (and) solution (is) possible only if govt withdraws them”.

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File: AICC chief Sonia Gandhi leading the march of opposition parties against the land bill. Photo – PTI

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.

Acknowledging a testing session ahead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week said that “muqabla” (contest) is on the cards.

The Congress party too sharpened its attack with its Vice-President Rahul Gandhi attacking the incumbent over the emotive issue Land Acquisition bill.

“They have issued an ordinance thrice. We will not allow the land bill to be passed in Parliament, you will see. Not a single inch of land will be given,” Rahul Gandhi said while holding the meeting of party workers last week.

Another opposition party, Janata Dal (United) has also reiterated that government will be facing very stiff protest on the recent controversies.

“The Opposition would not allow Parliament to function if the BJP government failed to take action against Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for helping ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi and those involved in the Vyapam scam”, JD (U) senior leader and Rajya Sabha member KC Tyagi told the press on Sunday.

(With inputs from the PTI)