The opposition at a meeting of all the parties in New Delhi on Sunday marked the “crisis in the judiciary, rural stress and the intemperate outbursts of ministers” as key issues they wanted to raise during the next budget session of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who joined the meeting later, appealed to the parties’ leaders to ensure the success of the session, while acknowledging that his first part was going to be brief. However, he told them to make full use of the standing committees to discuss budget proposals in detail.
The session is scheduled to begin with the presidential address on Monday. The first phase of the session will end on February 9. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the budget on February 1, one month before the start of the new financial year. The government will put the Economic Survey on the table on Monday.
The sources told The Indian Express that the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of the “crisis in the judiciary”, in an apparent reference to the press conference led by four judges of the Supreme Court, as well as allegations against the President of the Supreme Court of India and judges of the supreme court and the superior courts. They said that D Raja of the CPI and Naresh Gujral of Shiromani Akali Dal also referred to this issue.
The opposition listed several other issues: “atrocities against women, attacks on the constitution and constitutional institutions, controversial comments from ministers, the plight of merchants and communal violence in Uttar Pradesh”, and called on the government to allow a debate about them, said the sources. Leaders of opposition parties are likely to meet on Monday to plan a joint strategy. In fact, the opposition can highlight all these issues during the debate on the motion of thanks for the presidential speech.
In addition to the Prime Minister, those present at the meeting included Interior Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar. The other parties were represented by the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia of Congress, Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Kanimozhi of DMK, Derek O’Brien and Sudip Bandhopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress, Tariq Anwar of NCP, Jaiprakash Narain Yadav of RJD, Naresh Gujral of SAD, and Dushyant Chautala of INLD.
Ananth Kumar told the media after the meeting: “We will not leave stone unturned for the approval of the triple talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha … We will approach several political parties to reach consensus, just as the GST was approved by consensus , this bill that prohibits the practice of triple talaq (Talaq-e-Biddat) among Muslims will be approved. ”
When asked if the bill could be referred to a selection committee, he said it was now owned by Rajya Sabha. “Let the house decide,” he added. The BJP also wants to promote another bill that seeks to grant constitutional status to the OBC Commission. However, it is doubtful that any of the two projects will be presented during the first phase of the session.