Last session of 15th Lok Sabha: PM hopes T-Bill will be passed

Last session of 15th Lok Sabha: PM hopes T-Bill will be passed
New Delhi, Feb 4: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday expressed the hope that Parliament will approve the Telangana bill and anti-corruption bills during its session beginning Feb 5, which is the last session of 15th Lok Sabha. 

As Singh has already announced his retirement plans post-elections, this forthcoming parliament session will be his last as PM.

Speaking to reporters after an all-party meet ahead of the parliament session, the prime minister said: "This is going to be the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha. There is important legislation which is pending for approval by parliament.

"There is important legislation relating to anti-corruption measures. There is important legislation with regard to Women's Reservation Bill. There is important business concerning the control of communal violence," he added.

He said: "I sincerely hope that parliament, in its wisdom, will transact the essential business which is the primary concern of any legislature in a parliamentary democracy. And, of course, there is the vital issue of Telangana."

The prime minister said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government wants to bring the Telangana Bill in parliament for its approval.

"I sincerely hope that after a long debate extending over many years, the house will, in its wisdom, be able to transact the business and pass the Bill relating to the creation of the state of Telangana," the prime minister added.

The parliament session will begin Wednesday and end Feb 21.

The prime minister's remarks assume significance as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is opposed to the division of the state, is planning to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on the issue. The Andhra chief minister is in Delhi.


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