Rescheduling Winter Session not unprecedented: Vijay Goel

17 December, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Kim Reid
  • In the last monsoon session only nine of 25 bills were passed. These nine included neither the Motor Vehicles Bill nor the Code of Wages Bill both crucial. The first half the session was lost to disruptions. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha spent merely 22

He said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha the 18th session of the 5th Lok Sabha, the duration was of just 12 days, while the 98th session of Rajya Sabha which was of 13 days saw just nine sittings.

Any layman in the country can understand that the main reason for this year's Winter Session delay are the Gujarat Assembly Elections. "PM must clarify in the Parliament", he said. During the meeting, prominent leaders of many opposition parties, including the Congress, NCP, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Samajwadi Party (SP), RJD, J-K National Conference and the Left parties met in the chamber of the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and discussed key issues to be raised in Parliament. "Several issues would be raised by the opposition and the government would obviously give its response", he said.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge had asserted that the Congress party would raise various issues in the Parliament session including Goods and Services Tax (GST), demonetisation, Rafael deal and economic condition.

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In the current 16th Lok Sabha, the percentage of bills being referred to expert committees such as standing committee, Joint Parliamentary committee has fallen to 27% from 71% in 15th Lok Sabha.

An angry Opposition led by the Congress accused PM Modi of levelling "serious charges" against Singh, former vice president Hamid Ansari and diplomats.

Winter sessions of Parliament have been shorter than the present one at least four times in past, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Vijay Goel said on Friday.

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The winter session of parliament was adjourned on the first day today after paying tributes to its sitting and former members who passed away after the Monsoon Session.

"And I also hope that if the House will function in a positive manner then the country will be benefited, democracy will be strengthened and a new trust for fulfilling the expectations and hopes of common people will be created", the Prime Minister said.

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