The next session of Parliament is all set to begin today and it is going to be a stormy affair. The opposition parties have closed ranks over the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand.
The government has listed a heavy agenda for the session which includes passage of 13 bills in Lok Sabha and 11 bills in Rajya Sabha. However, there is an understanding among its floor managers that it is impossible to push contentious measures like GST in the first few days.
Congress backed by the Left, JD(U) and other opposition parties, is determined to corner the Centre over the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, calling it an “assault” on the federal structure.
Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha has called for an all-party meeting today to make sure that the Parliament functions smoothly.
The session begins at a time when there has been scathing criticism towards the Centre in its role over the Uttarakhand political crisis apart from drought-like conditions in 100 states.
A number of opposition parties have given notices for suspension of Question Hour on the first day of the session over the Uttarakhand issue and sought a discussion on the drought in the first week.
In addition to the Uttarakhand issue, matters relating to the imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, the Ishrat Jahan case, drought management, the Pathankot terror attack and alleged communalization of educational institutes will be targeted by the Congress.
After the near wash-out of the two sessions last year, the government is looking ahead to the second half of the Budget session to push bills, including the key Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, touted as the biggest tax reform in India.
The financial business, including discussion on demands for grants of various ministries in Lok Sabha and working of some ministries in Rajya Sabha, consideration and passing of the Railways Appropriation Bill, 2016 and Finance Bill, 2016 constitutes the main agenda of this session of Parliament.