Recurring communal riots, black money stashed by Indians abroad, Chhattisgarh sterilisation deaths, process of planning, repeated Chinese incursions and attacks on people hailing from the Northeast were among the issues flagged by floor leaders of parties for discussion during the ensuing Winter Session during their meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Saturday evening. The session is scheduled to begin from Monday.
Those present at the all-party meeting included Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venikaiah Naidu, Consumer Affairs Minister Ramvilas Paswan (LJP), Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge, BJD group leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, Jithender Reddy (TRS), Jitendra Chaudhury (CPI-M), Ranjit Singh Brahmpura (Akali Dal), Tariq Anwar (NCP), Dushyant Chautala (INLD) and Apna Dal member Anupriya Patel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the participants over the dinner, which followed the meeting.
Those absent were former prime minister H D Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal (Secular), Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC) and Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP). TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, cut up with the BJP following the arrest of a party MP in connection with the Saradha scam, decided to boycott the meeting.
As many as 67 bills are pending before Parliament, while the Government is yet to make its priorities known. Of these, nine were introduced during the Budget Session. The Winter Session will span over just 22 sittings.