New Delhi, Nov 24: Narendra Modi government wished to start the Winter Session of Parliament with a bang on Monday, Nov 24. But the Prime Minister's dream plan for a smooth session in both Houses -- Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha may not come true.
While addressing the Parliament on Monday, Modi said, "We have to work with a calm mind in the cold climate We all friends who sit in parliament will work together - that's my belief."
However, legislators of opposition parties in both Houses have already declared their plans to ruin the Winter Session in order to bar Modi government to introduce and pass a few crucial bills which have been pending since ages.
The Government's plans for the Winter Session:
- To pass Insurance amendment bill
- Changes in land acquisition act
- Constitutional amendment that will be needed for the goods and services tax (GST) bill.
- Review of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) issue
- Review of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issue
- Introducing the bills which relate to a series of issues including promotion of investments, improving ease of doing business, cooperatives, strengthening of regional rural banks, higher education, imposing stiffer penalties on hijackers, replacing coal ordinance and promoting ethical practices in bio-medical and health research on humans.
However, Opposition parties, especially Trinamool Congress (TMC) seems to be all set to disrupt the session. TMC MP Derek O'Brien was quoted as saying, There is no question of passing the bill. First let it be taken up, clause by clause, in the select committee."
Congress, which is largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha, said, "We will discuss the insurance bill with all opposition parties and to make a unanimous decision."
Meanwhile, Janata Dal United (JD-U)MP KC Tyagi claimed that his party will create lot of chaos during the session. The "Janata Party" which includes JD(U), Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD, Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party, and the Janata Dal (Secular) of HD Deve Gowda assured that they will play the role of a pressure group of in the Parliament.
Opposition's plans to disrupt Modi govt's plans:
- Pressuring Govt on the issue of returning Black Money which has been stashed in several foreign banks.
- Payment of 50 per cent bonus to farmers on the production cost of their crops.
- Insurance Bill which seeks to raise the cap on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance sector.
- The TMC is expected to raise the issue of "the rising number of communal flare-ups" across the country.
The Winter Session, which will continue till Dec 23, has been adjourned on the very first day. Both Houses of the Parliament showed respect to the Congress leader Murli Deora who passed away on Monday. The Winter Session of Parliament will resume on Tuesday.