PM reaches out to Oppn for smooth Parliament session

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee being received by Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his address to the joint session of Parliament on the first day of Budget session in New Delhi, Jan 31, 2017. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also seen in the picture. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee being received by Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his address to the joint session of Parliament on the first day of Budget session in New Delhi, Jan 31, 2017. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also seen in the picture.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoped for a comprehensive discussion in Parliament ahead of the start of the Budget session of Parliament.

Outside Parliament, PM Modi told reporters that in his discussions with all political parties in the last few days he had requested all the parties to come together to ensure that House proceedings are not disrupted.

There should be comprehensive discussion for welfare of society, the PM said.

The Prime Minister said he has faith that all factions will come together in Parliament for welfare of society.

“Today, a new tradition will begin. First, the budget is being advanced by nearly a month. And second, Rail Budget in being incorporated into this. There will be discussion on this also and the benefits that it will have in the coming times,” said the Prime Minister while talking about the union budget being presented on February 1.

Since the last Winter Session of Parliament was washed out due to protests over demonetisation, PM Modi had reached out to the opposition at the all-party meeting on Monday.

The meeting was attended by all major parties except Trinamool Congress, which has been unhappy over the note ban and arrest of its MPs in chit fund cases.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu hoped that all parties understand the importance of the Budget session and prepare themselves to participate in a more meaningful and constructive manner.

He said government is ready to discuss each and every issue including demonetisation.

“This budget is a new budget because general budget and railway budget have been combined together. The members will have an opportunity to discuss policies of the government…Secondly, we will have ample opportunity to scrutinise the budget proposals in depth because we have a committee system and thirdly, we can have a general discussion on various issues in the session,” Naidu said.

The minister said government has nothing to hide or worry, adding that, “we have taken many far-reaching reforms in various walks of life and governance and we are happy of discuss about the same including the recent demonetisation.

“We can also discuss other related issues that are currently before the country. I hope we will have a meaningful session and members of all parties will use this occasion to have a more constructive debate,” the minister added.

(With inputs from PTI)