Govt wants two extra days in first half

Sources told The Indian Express the government had indicated to leaders of parties that it may wrap up the first part on March 18, instead of the scheduled March 16.

Written by Pradeep Kaushal | New Delhi | Published: March 9, 2016 1:00 am

The Government wants to extend by two days the ongoing first part of the Budget Session of Parliament, while the AIADMK has pleaded for cancellation of the second part of the session.

Sources told The Indian Express the government had indicated to leaders of parties that it may wrap up the first part on March 18, instead of the scheduled March 16.

AIADMK floor leader in the Lok Sabha Ponnusamy Venugopal, meanwhile, has suggested to the business advisory committee (BAC) that the second part be scrapped keeping in view the upcoming assembly elections. Venugopal said his entire 37-member group will be busy campaigning in Tamil Nadu.

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For the government, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy remained noncommittal.

Representatives of other parties said the issue needed consideration of their respective leaders. Before the session got under way, the Congress, the Left parties, the BJD and the JD(U) had positioned themselves very strongly against any curtailment of the session during their meetings with the Prime Minister and senior ministers.

As for the addition of two more days in the current leg, the government, according to the sources, is seeking extra time to pass the Aadhaar bill because it fears the Opposition may turn more aggressive when the two Houses resume on April 25 after the one-month recess. The Houses are clearing all essential financial business now, but the Opposition may seek to stall the GST Bill. The Aadhaar bill too may get lumped with it then.

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