PM hopes for productive session amid Opp heat

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his cabinet colleagues addressing press before the resumption of the second part of the Budget session in the Parliament in New Delhi, April 25, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his cabinet colleagues addressing press before the resumption of the second part of the Budget session in the Parliament in New Delhi, April 25, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed hope that the second leg of Parliament’s Budget session will be productive and discussion on all issues will take place in a democratic spirit. The session is anticipated to be the stormy one with Opposition, especially Congress party, already taking on the BJP-led government over the issue of imposition of President’s rule in two Congress-ruled states and drought situation in the country.

The Prime Minister also noted that the first part of the Budget session was very productive and several important legislations were passed.

“The first part of the Budget session was very productive. All the parties helped in running Parliament smoothly and many important decisions were taken. And the MPs of all parties seemed happy about this. This time too we will discuss issues with similar enthusiasm and as per the tradition of democracy and take good decisions. This is my belief,” PM Modi said.

However, the principal opposition party has already upped their ante on the floor of the both the houses over the issue of imposition of President’s rule in Uttaranchal and Arunachal Pradesh, even though the former is pending hearing before the Supreme Court.

Congress is also seeking to garner the support of other opposition parties on the Uttarakhand issue.

Parliament-House-Gandhi-statueDeputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma on Friday gave the notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari under Rule 267 for taking up the resolution after suspending all business.

The resolution seeks to “deplore” the “destabilisation” of the democratically elected government in Uttarakhand, expressing their disapproval over what they allege an “unjustified” imposition of President’s Rule there under Article 356 of the Constitution.

Another issue likely to draw a heated debate will be acute drought situation in the several parts across the country. Incidentally, Shiv Sena – long standing ally of the ruling BJP – too have criticised the Centre over drought situation.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have already given notices to discuss the drought situation prevailing in the country.

In a notice given before the Rajya Sabha Chairman Md. Hamid Ansari, they have accused the Centre of turning a “blind eye” to the problem. The opposition have also demanded that Prime Minister Modi calls an all-party meeting to discuss it and the resultant water crisis in the country.

The notice seeks a discussion on the “serious situation arising out of prevailing drought and heat wave conditions and resultant water crisis in the country and the remedial measures taken by the Government in regard thereto.”

The notice has been admitted under Rule 177 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business and the issue will be discussed on April 27.