Beginning of a storm in Budget Session, Day 1; Vemula, JNU row to be discussed

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New Delhi, Feb 23: In the wake of the JNU uprising and the subsequent protests following the arrest of the main accused Kanhaiya Kumar, the budget session today may not have a complaisant beginning today.

It was evident from the two all-party meeting on Monday, conducted by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, when the opposition accused the government for setting up an agenda for discussion and seeking a debate.

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The first debate will take place on Feb 24, that will be kickstarted with the suicide of the Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula and the JU sedition case.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Mallikarjun Khadge said that bills will be allowed on merit. As per sources, a broad consensus has been reached on clearing a Bill on delimitation of electoral constituencies in West Bengal, after the Indo-Bangladesh Land boundry agreement.

He further added,"Contentious Bills should not be brought. Bring only those Bills on which there is a general agreement. Bills like the Goods and Services Tax Bill will not come in the first half of the session."

Both the parties, however, emerged satisfied with the proceedings at the meeting.

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