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JNU, Rohith Vemula on Rajya Sabha Discussion Agenda

The Congress had already indicated that it would try to corner the government on issues such as imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal.

Published: 21st February 2016 05:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2016 05:41 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: Ahead of the crucial Budget session of Parliament, the Government on Saturday sought to reach out to the Opposition to ensure smooth legislative business, saying it was open to discussing issues raised in Parliament, including the ongoing JNU row.

At an all-party meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought support from across the political spectrum in Rajya Sabha where the numerical strength is tilted in favour of the Opposition. He hoped that “constructive” and “positive” work will be done in the House, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters.

According to sources, the Opposition, including the Congress and Left parties, demanded discussions on the Rohith Vemula suicide controversy along with the JNU row. The government, on its part, said it was willing to discuss it so that the entire nation could hear the debate.

The Congress had already indicated that it would try to corner the government on a host of issues such as imposition of President’s rule in Congress-ruled Arunachal Pradesh and the Pathankot terror attack.

The Budget session has a lot at stake for the government, which is keen to push its legislative agenda, including the pending GST and Real Estate Bills, which could not be passed in the past two sessions. The Budget session will focus largely on the financial business of the government. The Rail Budget will be presented on February 25 and the General Budget on February 29.

At the meeting on Saturday, both the government and Opposition parties agreed to pass a bill without discussion in the Upper House on the delimitation exercise in West Bengal to grant voting rights to people who came from Bangladesh following the exchange of enclaves between India and the neighbouring country.

Ansari, who chaired Saturday’s meeting, has repeatedly voiced his anger and frustration over the repeated adjournments of the Upper House during the Winter session and earlier sessions of Parliament.

 

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