The past five years have been a good learning experience, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose government completes its term this summer, told an all-party assembly on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters outdoor the Parliament building earlier in the day, PM Modi hoped that the Budget Session, which began on Wednesday with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to a joint sitting of both the Houses, will be fruitful.
“These days, there is awareness a few of the public. They retain a near watch on the proceedings of Parliament. People dislike the fact when politicians do not take interest in discussions and debates in the House,” Modi said, asking members to utilise the session for “the good thing about the common man, the government and the nation”.
At an all-party assembly convened by parliamentary matters minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Modi, a former chief minister of Gujarat, mentioned that his first term as a Member of Parliament “used to be a good learning experience”.
The budget session will have just 10 working days, and the government may have to race against time to push key bills. In the Rajya Sabha, the National Democratic Alliance government has failed to pass key bills, including the Triple Talaq invoice and the Citizenship Amendment Invoice.
Several leaders such as the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s Mohammed Salim and the Trinamool’s Sudip Bandopadhyay cautioned the government against bringing any contentious invoice. The Congress, for its part, demanded a debate on the Rafale jet deal, while Salim raised the issues of jobs and unemployment.
The Biju Janta Dal’s Bhartruhari Mahtab suggested that the government must introduce the Women’s Reservation Invoice in the final session of the 16th Lok Sabha. “Nearly all parties are in a position to make stronger. Please bring the invoice,” said Mahtab.
At another all-party assembly, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu said “political considerations must not be allowed to derail the proceedings of the House”, attractive for make stronger from different parties to pass key bills and to allow the smooth functioning of the House.
Even as the government circulated a list of 36 pending bills, the Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien said the government had unnecessarily listed such a lot of bills for passage.
Anupriya Patel of the Aapna Dal, an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes people were an increasing number of fitting upset as vacancies in government jobs reserved for these groups were not getting filled up.
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said the Prime Minister said his government will present an interim budget, much to the relief of many a few of the opposition who feared that outgoing government will present a “full-fledged” budget on Friday.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: Jan 31, 2019 23:32 IST