Ordinances likely on key Bills after session
On Friday morning, VP Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting with floor leaders of various political parties before the House met for the day.
On Friday morning, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting with floor leaders of various political parties before the House met for the day. Sources said some of the leaders made it clear that the Rajya Sabha will not function as they plan to vociferously corner the government on the new revelations made in a newspaper on the Rafale fighter jet deal. With just three working days left before the session ends on February 13, it is unlikely that even the six Bills- on which there was agreement between the government and opposition on discussion and passage- will be taken up.
The Opposition has indicated that the House may run smoothly on February 11 when the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address will be taken up again. Ten hours were set aside for this while another eight hours are to be spent on the budget discussion, which may take place on Tuesday (February 12). The Upper House has no powers in a money Bill and hence disruptions are not ruled out. Lok Sabha will pass the Finance Bill on Monday.
Three Ordinances- on the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, Companies (Amendment) Bill and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill- are likely to be promulgated again after the session gets over. There is agreement between the Treasury and the Opposition on passage of only the Companies Bill. Government may also bring an Ordinance on Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill after February 13.
BJP had to abandon its plans of bringing the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha after the opposition and its NDA partners JDU and Shiv Sena said they have issues with the proposed legislation. BJP plans to make this Bill one of the issues during the Lok Sabha elections and allege that Congress is playing vote bank politics and is in favour of allowing “infiltrators” from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to settle in India. Rajya Sabha has not transacted any substantial business in this session. Congress and TMC have put the government on the mat over the Rafale and West Bengal dispensation-CBI tussle. Rajya Sabha has not yet taken up the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address though BJP member Bhupendra Yadav initiated the discussions earlier in the week. He has not gone beyond a few sentences before the House was adjourned.