Interim Budget row persists, All party meeting fails to evolve consensus on Parl Session

Interim Budget row persists, All party meeting fails to evolve consensus on Parl Session

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New Delhi, Jan 30: About 20 days after the Winter Session of Parliament had a poor productivity with Rajya Sabha performing 27 per cent and Lok Sabha 47 per cent, there seems to be no consensus for the crucial Budget session getting underway on Thursday.

At the all party meeting convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan with the floor leaders of Lower House, most regional parties made their intent clear on Wednesday that the respective state-based issues would be raised and members will demand 'adequate discussions' on those issues.

Speaker Ms Mahajan made an impatient plea to the lawmakers to make the ensuing Parliament session "memorable".

"Because all of us will be participating in the Budget Session which will be last session for this Lok Sabha, my request is that we should ensure a memorable session of Parliament," Ms Mahajan told the all-party meeting.

he meeting was attended among others by Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, RJD leader Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav and CPI-M leader P Karuakaran.

LJP leader and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his two deputies - Vijay Goel and Arjun Ram Meghwal and representatives from the NCP, Akali Dal, AIADMK and JD-U and IUML were also present.

At the meeting, AIADMK leader P Venugopal said his party will raise the issue of Cauvery basin, a matter flagged off by his party colleagues in both Houses during the Winter Session of Parliament.

Similarly, TDP leader Narasimham Thota said demands related to the Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh will be also raised.

"We will raise our issues. All promises made by the Modi government should be fulfilled," he said.

The real anti-climax episode - albeit for a brief discussions - came when Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said, "There is nothing called interim Budget or Vote on Account".

Sources, however, maintained "Thankfully, Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge countered this".

Mr Kharge countered Mr Goel of course in a soft voice, the source said adding, "Mr Kharge sought to make it clear that if the government comes with a full fledged budget, then the Congress party will oppose it".

He also told Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, "Madam, if we oppose, then you should not get angry".

Among others, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay threatened to raise the bogey of EVMs faultline and also alleged challenge to the federal structure of the constitution.

"Our party is also concerned about attack being made at the federal structure of the constitution.

It is a trend these days BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are visiting every state and attacking the elected state governments," Mr Bandyopadhyay said.

The session to get underway on Thursday, January 31, with the customary address to the Joint sitting of Parliament by the President Ram Nath Kovind will end on February 13, sources said.

During the Winter Session of Parliament that ended earlier this month, according to a data from think-tank PRS Legislative Research, the productivity of Parliament was the “third lowest” in the 16th Lok Sabha.

The productivity of the Lok Sabha was about 47 per cent and the Rajya Sabha 27 per cent during Winter Session of Parliament, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said. (UNI)