Government today ruled out sine die adjournment of Parliament before the last day of Budget Session and made a veiled attack on main opposition BJP for the disruption of House proceedings. At the same time,government also expressed its determination to go ahead with key bills including the Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Bill.
“Most political parties whom I talk to want the House to function. Probably,it is only one political party which is creating this disturbance denying the democratic political system to run,denying other political parties those who are not even our allies or supporters an opportunity to discuss and debate issues in the House,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said in an apparent reference to BJP.
“It will be my efforts to see that the important legislation is passed before the end of the session,” he told reporters outside Parliament House after Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after uproar over BJP’s demand for Prime Minister’s resignation on coal scam.
Nath responded in the negative when asked whether Parliament will be adjourned sine die before last day of Budget Session on May 10. Congress has often dubbed the Food and the Land Bills as “game-changers” as these could help the party in elections. The much-hyped National Food Security Bill was moved in Lok Sabha yesterday,but failed to pass the measure because of din in the House.
The Food Bill seeks to ensure that people get adequate quantity of quality food at affordable prices. “All issues and all statements being made outside the House and in TV studios can be made in the House. So,I do not understand why this disturbances take place. I do hope that we can some more discussion will take place and will be able to find some convergence,” Nath said.
The Land Acquisition,Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill piloted by Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh is also on the legislative agenda of Lok Sabha. The Bill has provisions for a humane,transparent process to acquire land for industrialisation,infrastructure development and urbanisation.