Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a meeting of the NDA on July 20 in view of the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning the next day.
The session comes at a time when the Government has to face a host of issues, including the Vyapam scam, Lalit Modi controversy, allegations against Pankaja Munde, trouble at FTII, the caste census and trouble between India and Pakistan.
While the Congress plans to disrupt both Houses, the Government needs wider support to foil its designs.
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Though the Government has put the contentious Land Acquisition Bill on hold for want of adequate support, it needs a lot of back-room effort to pass even the GST Bill, which is acceptable to many parties outside the NDA, with some safeguards.
The meeting — the first during the rule of Prime Minister Modi — marks a shift in the working of the BJP, the dominant partner in the ruling coalition, which had all along avoided giving much importance to its smaller allies while formulating its legislative and floor strategy.
Regular meetings of NDA leaders were the hallmark of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-L K Advani phase.
After one year in office, the BJP appears to have started feeling the need to keep its partners on board for meeting a united opposition challenge.
For instance, the fight in the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls has become difficult due to the Janata Parivar unification. The BJP has to ensure that its allies like the LJP of Ram Vilas Paswan and RLSP of Upendra Kushwaha do not move away. At least two NDA partners, the Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal, have flagged their objections to certain provisions of the Land Acquisition Act.