With the second leg of Parliament’s Budget session set to begin, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has called an all-party meeting on Sunday with an aim to ensure smooth functioning of the house. Ms Mahajan’s call for an all-party meet has come amid indications that upcoming session, starting April 25, may well be a stormy affair with Opposition planning to corner the BJP-led central government over the issues like drought and imposition of president’s rule in two Congress-ruled states.
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.
The opposition, especially the Congress party, will also be taking on the Modi government 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 party is set to raise it on the floor of both the houses.
Congress is also seeking to garner the support of other opposition parties on the Uttarakhand issue.
Deputy 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.
The principal opposition party is seeking to project the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh earlier as an attack on federal structure and is hopeful that a large number of Opposition parties will back it in cornering the government on the issue.
On the other hand, the government too is bracing itself for the challenge and is likely to counter the charge by giving details of imposition of President’s rule in a number of states during the successive regimes of Congress while justifying the same in Uttarakhand citing “Constitutional breakdown”.
The session, which commences on April 25, will be the eigth session of the 16th Lok Sabha and 239th session of Rajya Sabha.
(With inputs from the PTI)